Square Enix Launches A Photobook Service In Japan For Final Fantasy XIV

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If photo books are good enough to revive your digital pics, then surely the same goes for your life in Final Fantasy XIV.

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In Japan, Square Enix is rolling out a new service called Final Fantasy XIV Custom Order Photobook: Memories of Light. It works like Apple’s photobooks, but with in-game screenshots that customers lay out in book form.

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Custom stamps can also be used in the design.

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It’s also possible to make an original cover for an additional charge.

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Priced at 3,960 yen ($37), the standard book is 5-7/8 inches x 8-1/4 inches with 48 full-color pages. The custom cover versions with matte or gloss finish are 4,510 yen ($42).

The service kicks off today in Japan. There’s no word if it will ever be expanded internationally.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

This will feel silly to a lot of people, but I love that they’re doing this. A lot of people, in FFXIV and other MMOs, have tons of memories and a good bit of their lives in these games. People meet their partners on these games, have in-game weddings, in-game funerals for fellow guildmembers, etc. A photo book is perfect for these people, and hey, maybe their photo books will give them a great tool to share their experiences with others, even those who don’t play MMOs, in a way they couldn’t do before.