Swanky shots from the Final Fantasy XIII launch party

Hundreds of industry professionals and dedicated/freeloading games journalists attended a surprisingly classy Final Fantasy XIII launch party Monday evening. We say "surprisingly fancy" because this is the first such party in years where the invite said "cocktail attire recommended," forcing us to curb our usual sloppy appearance in favor of nicely iron shirts and presentable pants. Sort of like a prom for journos.

Collected here are some of our shots from the evening. While nice, they don't contain the by-the-minute lulz of our Twitter updates, so if you're on Twitter and not following, be sure to check out our feed.

Above: The domed entrance, complete with red carpet and dangling chandelier

Above: Inside the main room we find lit tables and a giant projection screen showcasing art and cutscenes

Above: Three massive pictures of the game's summons adorned walls above the balcony seats

Above: The left side was lined with 360 units, the right with PS3s, all loaded with a demo of FFXIII

Above: FFXIII figures were on prominent display - seen here are Vanille and Hope

Above: And next to them was the motorcycle'd Shiva

Above: As with any major FF release, there's some new kind of borderline-toxic drink for us to ingest

Above: All the tables were topped with a "XIII" logo

Above: Then Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada took the stage, the first of many presentations of the evening.

Next page:
More pics, including the night's developer panel, a DJ mixing Final Fantasy remixes and a video of Maxim girls dancing onstage. Yes, really.


  • philipshaw - March 10, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Wish I was there,it looked awesome and I have seen most of the photos in the article on your twitter feed
  • manaconda - March 10, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    i heard a rumour that international playboy and point and click adventure enthusiast charlie barrett was there.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 10, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    Whoa, way too upper-class for us mere mortals. I'll just pick up my copy on launch day, thank you.
  • suicidali - March 10, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    This is what people should get when they stand outside a game store for a midnight release... I'd certainly do it more often if it were true I'd find it odd playing videogames in a classy suit though...
  • Bawheidbob - March 10, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Everything about this whole game is just class looked like a great night
  • ranzatsu - March 10, 2010 6:19 a.m.

    Jesus, this is too high class for a normal human like me. And since this had been the most awaited game of the decade, it's natural to have a party as awesome as this. @OnyxOblivion: Did YOU try the drink? They said it tasted like Coke...I guess.
  • Corsair89 - March 10, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    I like Final Fantasy as much as the next person, this whole thing just seems extravagant to me.
  • OnyxOblivion - March 10, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Did you try the drink?
  • Cyberninja - March 10, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    not trying to start a flame war or anything but in the video did it seem like hardly anyone was using the 360s?
  • DEFAULT - March 9, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    Cocktail attire...domed ceilings...fancy tables...mixed drinks...marketed drinks...DJ...random dancers? Wtf, is it classy or not?

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