500 Years Later: An Oral History of Final Fantasy VII
500 Years Later offers a thrilling deep dive into the creation of the revered PlayStation RPG. Comprising over 30 interwoven voices, this beautifully produced book offers unprecedented insight into the craft and ambition behind the game. An extended adaptation of Matt Leone’s celebrated 27,000 word history, published online by Polygon in January 2017, this physical version has been enhanced for print, featuring specially commissioned illustrations, 8 new standalone interviews, and a foreword by series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
Designed by Rachel Dalton (ex-Spin/Unit Editions) and featuring 16 original illustrations by sparrows, 500 Years Later comes bundled with a trio of die cut, foil blocked bookmarks to accompany your reading experience, including a special codebreaker bookmark, used to decipher a secret code found throughout the book.
Interviewees: Shigeo Maruyama, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara, Tomoyuki Takechi, Tatsuya Yoshinari, Kyoko Higo, Yoshihiro Maruyama, Hiroshi Kawai, Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Keith Boesky, Yoshitaka Amano, Shinichiro Kajitani, Darren Smith, Junichi Yanagihara, Shuhei Yoshida, Jun Iwasaki, George Harrison, Hiroki Chiba, Frank Hom, Nobuo Uematsu, Alexander O. Smith, Kazushige Nojima, Seth Luisi, David Bamberger, Elaine Di Iorio, William Chen, Rex Ishibashi, John Riccitiello, Yoichi Wada, Yusuke Naora