The fantasy became a reality when more than 200 gaming otaku took over the basement of the Miramar Shopping Centre on Wednesday night for a Final Fantasy XIII signing event.
Organised by Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong to celebrate the launch of the Chinese/English localisation of FFXIII, the game's project producer Shinji Hashimoto, producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama flew in for the event. The team thanked FFXIII fans and announced that as of May 27, Final Fantasy IX would be available for download from the PlayStation Store.
The 200 happy fans also got a chance to win some amazing FFXIII merchandise in a lucky draw. Up for grabs were stylish phone straps, name card holders and highly detailed FFXIII figures. The grand prize was a special FFXIII local edition box set valued at HK$799.
To get into the event, 150 gamers had pre-registered at Sony PlayStation HK's Facebook page, while the remaining 50 were the first non-registered FFXIII fans to show up at the door. All the fans at the event received a commemorative FFXIII poster, fan, file and mobile-phone neck strap.
Sony will be leaving the FFXIII launch display up until Monday, so gamers who want to see the merchandise can pop along to the Miramar Shopping Centre. The localised Chinese/English FFXIII game is a subtitled version of the original Japanese game.
Final Fantasy XIII can be found at any store that sells video games, and has a recommended retail price of HK$358.