When you haven’t had enough of Final Fantasy adventures in game form, consider the realm of books. Square Enix is publishing a new picture book adventure based on Final Fantasy. Title Chocobo and the Airship, the new book hits shelves on March 21, 2023. It’s billed as a “heartwarming story” for Final Fantasy fans of all ages. The book is written by Kazuhiko Aoki, director of Chocobo’s Dungeon 2, and illustrated by Toshiyuki Itahana, character designer for Chocobo’s Dungeon.
Square Enix Manga and Books announced the publication on July 22, 2022, via its Twitter account.
We are excited to announce that Chocobo and the Airship: A FINAL FANTASY Picture Book will be coming in March 2023! Follow the adorable Final Fantasy character Chocobo in a brand-new picture book adventure! https://t.co/7siRhUcr5t pic.twitter.com/MQbu6IOgNq
— Square Enix Manga & Books (@SquareEnixBooks) July 22, 2022
The announcement also links the product page for Chocobo and the Airship on the Square Enix store. The page lists the book as a 40-page hardcover work. Its cover art, though not final, shows work-in-progress art with the Japanese title, Chocobo to Soratobu-bune (“Chocobo and the Flying Ship”).
The page describes the story premise. Tireless inventor Cid and a brave little Chocobo must work together to build an airship. Their goal is to save their town, which is under threat from monsters. To get their ship into the air, though, they’ll need a magical Flying Stone. They begin a “kwehst” to acquire the stone, meeting heroic adventurer allies and braving various dangers.
Chocobo and the Airship releases on March 21, 2023. It’ll cost $17.99 USD.