To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Artnia, Square Enix’s café and merchandise store, Tetsuya Nomura designed special art depicting Zack from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Jack Garland from Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and Brain from Kingdom Hearts Union Cross. The company announced that the illustration would be on display starting on December 29, 2022. [Thank you, sanagiSO!]
Along with the store’s 10th Anniversary, Tetsuya Nomura celebrated in his art the 20th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, with Brain as the chosen representative, the 25th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VII with Zack Fair, and the 35th Anniversary of the entire Final Fantasy franchise with Jack Garland.
Artist Kazuko Shibuya, who worked on the original Final Fantasy game for the Super Famicom, also contributed to the occasion with an illustration of the classic White Mage and Dark Mage designs from the original Final Fantasy. Toshiyuki Itahana, responsible for the designs in the Chocobo series, joined them with a piece of art depicting the titular protagonist, accompanied by a miniature version of the robot Omega and a Moogle.
You can see the special illustrations in the following tweet by user sanagiSO:
— さなぎ (@sanagiSO) December 29, 2022
Zack being chosen as representative for Final Fantasy VII is particularly relevant, as the recent release of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion brings him back into the spotlight. This happened alongside declarations from his Japanese voice actor hinting to Zack as a key character in the upcoming second part of FFVII Remake, titled Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows PC. FFVII Rebirth will appear on the PS5 in Winter 2023 and might include references to Zack Fair.