Today, the Final Fantasy XV team would like to highlight Aimee Finnegan (known as Finny within the community), a familiar face you’ve seen at many consumer shows supporting Final Fantasy XV. How did I have the honor to meet this bubbly soul? She was one of the top ten fans that were standing in front of the line for our Uncovered Final Fantasy XV Event last year on March 30th, 2016. Ever since that day, anytime I saw her at a consumer show all over America, I’d see Jenny her trusted sister, or her friend Kelly alongside her whom she met at Uncovered. She had traveled from Texas to make it to Uncovered, standing in the line over seven hours before the lines even were to open. She has that spark and humor that not many people can tap into naturally.
Finny’s “Who is Your Favorite Chocobro” poll was a big hit at the show, carrying over to PAX West where we got to see her smiling face again!! The first fan favorite chocobro contest… who would you have voted for? Ask Finny, as she’s NOT shy to tell you who her favorite chocobro is. Clue, he’s smart and likes to cook. Do you agree with her?
At PAX west, her “Favorite Chocobro” contest carried over with a bonus guest. She managed to sneak in Director Hajime Tabata, who fans call ‘Tabby’. Guess who won that vote?
See the results we posted on Twitter!
In the short year I’ve known Finny, we continuously talk about our future hopes and goals for the gaming industry. We share our ideas and talk about what additional community activities could get fans excited. As an instructor, Finny has a way of involving people to come together by profession. As a fan, she relates with many of us who just love to connect to inspirational games and communities.
When Final Fantasy XV was about to launch, she reached out to let us know that her Tumblr community had put together art to send to the FFXV team. I had anticipated this Poster, wondering what kind of artists would participate. When the final poster came in, I was beyond excited to show the BD2 team.
To every person who submitted and shared their cosplay and art THANK YOU SO MUCH. Final Fantasy XV will continue to include additional DLC and expand its universe.
I think Finny, her Tumblr community and the BD2 team share an unbreakable bond. We stand together, by each other to represent a strong global community that expresses our individuality and creativity through the sharing of art, cosplay and gatherings. Do you have a favorite community you belong to within Square Enix games? Share with us how you connect with one another for a future feature in our Square Enix Blog. One person will make a difference that can spark a wave of positivity. Thank you Finny.
In closing, here are some special messages from Finny and the rest of the community team!
The idea of doing a fan project for Square Enix’s Business Division 2 team came to mind when I created a Tumblr event for Final Fantasy XV called FFXV week. It is a dedicated week for the game with different themes every day and fans can create art, fiction, graphics, etc. according to those themes. The final theme of the event was “FFXV Staff Appreciation Day” and it was met with lots of enthusiasm and excitement. So I thought why not take everyone’s love and appreciation for the staff to the next level by making a fun community project with other fans. I announced my plan for the fan poster and was blown away by the response. It was a huge success! It was really neat to see how fans from all over the world could come together with different ideas and create something to show these amazing people just how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication in making Final Fantasy XV.
Thank you Tabata-san, BD2 and everyone else involved in creating the FFXV universe. We look forward to future updates of the game! I hope this poster shows you all how much love we have for FFXV and everyone that’s a part of its amazing family.
All the submissions (and ones submitted in support of the project that are not on the poster) can be viewed online at http://ffxvweek.tumblr.com/ffxvfanproject.
Card artist: one-cup-a-day (on Tumblr
— Aimee Finnegan
Nozomi Mitsuoka, Yusuke Tajima Ryo Takaya (Japan)
Our amazing community team compiled the video above! Ryo Takaya not pictured is also the newest member of the BD2 community team.I’ll try to get his photo and add it here soon! 🙂
FINAL FANTASY XV Japan Twitter
Dan Seto and Sunil Godhania (Europe):
“The Final Fantasy franchise wouldn’t be where it is today without the love and dedication from fans and this proves that we have the best fans in the world!
It’s incredibly heart-warming to see this much support for FFXV and I’m sure it makes everyone in the team incredibly proud to be a part of it (myself included!). Thank you for standing by us and the chocobros.”
— Dan Seto
“Since FFXV was released we’ve seen so much love for the game and it has been a real joy to be a part of. Thank you all for supporting FFXV and please do keep sending us your messages and creations as we genuinely love seeing and sharing them too! You guys… are the best.”
The FINAL FANTASY XV team is listening. Feel free to reach out to us on all of social channels!