Dark Horse announces Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, on sale June 2018
Comics publisher Dark Horse has announced a three-part series chronicling the history of Final Fantasy. Titled Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, the first volume covers the first six games in the household RPG series, packing more than three hundred pages into a hardcover fit for any collector’s shelf.
Square Enix carries plenty of guide books for the revered Final Fantasy franchise, yet one line has always drawn extra fan attention. The Ultimania series, a portmanteau of “ultimate” and “mania”, is easily their most comprehensive, bringing together art, production notes, character information, and plenty of other details — it really is a must-have item for FF maniacs. The trouble is that they’ve never been localized, making Dark Horse the first to tap on this gold vein.
Here’s what Dark Horse says about the book:
“Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive is an astonishing journey through the creation of the seminal role-playing epic, officially licensed for the first time ever!
This holy grail of Final Fantasy fandom is packed full of original concept art, process pieces, and notes from the original artists and designers chronicling the creation of these timeless games. Containing a total of over three hundred pages collected in a high-quality hard-cover binding, Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 1 remains faithful to its original Japanese source material while simultaneously offering unparalleled accessibility for Western readers. No Final Fantasy collection is complete without this beautiful tome of art, lore, and history.”
It’s doing well so far. As of writing, the book has become Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in the Pop Culture Art category. The pre-order is listed at US$39.99 (about S$55), with standard shipping to Singapore another US$10.
Curious what sort of content makes its way into an Ultimania book? The Lifestream has compiled a series of fan translations from Final Fantasy VII Ultimania, offering a host of character profiles to dive into.