FFXIII theme, energy drink unveiled

Square Enix picks up new singer Sayuri Sugawara to croon Final Fantasy XIII's title song, unveils ultra-caffeinated tie-in beverage, Elixir.

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Sayuri Sugawara serenades the FFXIII party.

TOKYO--With the Final Fantasy franchise, it's become a tradition for each release to have its own distinct theme song. FFVIII had Chinese performer Faye Wong singing "Eyes on Me"; FFX had Japanese vocalist Rikki's rendition of "Suteki Da Ne" ("Isn't It Wonderful"); and FFXII had bilingual artist Angela Aki croon "Kiss Me Good-bye."

Today at the Final Fantasy XIII premiere party in Tokyo, Square Enix gave a live performance and unveiled its main theme song for the game, "Kimi ga iru kara" ("Because You're With Me"). The song is performed by Sayuri Sugawara, a new artist who just made her major debut this April. The FFXIII theme song will be her second CD single, and it will be released on December 2, two weeks prior to the game's PlayStation 3-exclusive Japanese launch on December 17. (The game is expected to arrive in spring 2010 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.)

Mmm, tastes Elixir-y .

In Japan, another recent Final Fantasy tradition is the franchise's collaboration with beverage-maker Suntory. Three times in the past, the company released drinks themed after potions in the Final Fantasy games. The first was in 2006 with Final Fantasy XII, the second was for the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, and the third was more recently with Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

For Final Fantasy XIII, Suntory is going one step above the traditional potion. The company announced at today's event that it will release a brand-new Final Fantasy XIII Elixir. The new concoction, which was available in cocktail form at the event, will feature triple the caffeine of Suntory's other energy drinks and will contain ample royal jelly and vitamin B.

Some of these FFXIII cans will end up on eBay, guaranteed.

Aside from individual cans and special editions bundled with toy figures, there will be a boxed set of all illustrated Final Fantasy XIII Elixir cans. The beverage is slated to hit stores in December, with specific details to be announced later in the year.

Check back soon for impressions and more details from the Final Fantasy XIII premiere party where SCE CEO Kaz Hirai was also on hand to talk up the PS3.

Discussion

108 comments
handstone82
handstone82

I WANT FINAL FANTASY VII FOR THE PS3!!!!

handstone82
handstone82

it would be cool to have one. I'd like to drink one too, but it would be nice to have one saved back for a boss fight. haha

ShotgunSteiner
ShotgunSteiner

Well, they COULD find a more original name for the drink, like Bacchus Wine, for example. But it's still a neat idea and a must-have for the FF hardcore fans.

Fz1994
Fz1994

meh fruit flavored energy drink......whats next?

XeonForce
XeonForce

Awesome!! *drinks elixer* Ewww.... it's Chocobo flavored!! =P

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

gerdaved this is where Final Fantasy became way to Popular, it was fun back pre -7 where nobody really seemed to care about it exept the hardcore followers, but then it just took a turn for the worse. All I ask them to do is to go back into Fantasy Land back in the days of swords and bows and magic and cut all this gun and missile crap out of the game. Why do I hold a f*ing sword if that dude has a Rocket launcher and it only did 6 dmg to me while my f*ing sword did 9,999 dmg!! its just kinda silly. but yet still entertaining. Anyone else wish they would cut the pop culture out of there games and all the squall looking characters? Cloud was awesome but then just kept making him with different color hair and then they made boy cloud Tidus who didnt even hit puberty yet. (sarcasm) sorta.

skp_3001
skp_3001

@ LordelX oh me sorry...japanese dragon crap is that better pickachu? by the way you all look the same anyway

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I hope the drink is more like Amp or Full Throttle than Monster or Venom.

GetDaved
GetDaved

I wish they'd do something a bit different than the female solo-artist pop ballad for Final Fantasy game themes. Neither FF6 nor FF7 had them and I'd take the main theme of either of those over any since, easily.

joynul
joynul

energy drink? three times the caffeine of other energy drinks that maker makes!!!

LordelX
LordelX

@ skp 3001 Racist much? If you're going to be racist, at least get the race right. Oh wait, maybe you can't hate because you don't know anything.

iAkuma
iAkuma

LOL @ skp_3001 This is ... interesting?

skp_3001
skp_3001

probly taste like chinese dragon crap

Terragimmip
Terragimmip

I guess Gamespot omitted FFIX and FFXI in their theme song list on purpose?

otanikun
otanikun

Kick ass, I am totally getting all of those cans

OF-5
OF-5

Apparently Suntory owns the Frucor which produces the energy drink V (If you haven't heard of it I have only ever seen it in Australia). The average V contains 78mg of caffeine per 250ml (comparable to a cup of coffee). Which of course means that the FFXII drink contains 234mg of caffeine per 250ml. In other words it will have about as much caffeine as 3 cups of coffee.

kyram_3
kyram_3

no good 3x caffine thats not energy protien and carbohydartes thats energy i just buy it for the cans

Zloth2
Zloth2

I don't know if it's actually dangerous, but 3x caffeine does sound awful. Does each case come with a big bottle of asprin? How much is 3x, anyway?

AjaxsLastStand
AjaxsLastStand

In regards to what wumpscutnut said, that much caffeine really shouldn't be a selling point. Caffeine is largely not going to fuse you with energy. At best, it's going to just jerk your system by having that much of a foreign substance in your bloodstream. Yeah, you'll be awake. Not because you have energy, though. It's just not healthy. I won't deny I've had an energy drink or two, but it certainly isn't a good thing to have that much caffeine up in you.

KingDingo72676
KingDingo72676

Seriously!!! Come on people, we in america don't care about energy drinks, were you can find the piece of crap tasting drinks in every store everywhere!!! All we want is the freaking game already!!!!!!!!!!

Leo_the_Lion25
Leo_the_Lion25

what beauty ^_^ ------------------------------> *bonging* O_o oppsy

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

Triple the caffeine? No thanks, I want to live a long time.. not die drinking a shi**y tasting energy drink. These things are made for fanboys who *THINK* they get all hopped up after drinking alot of this crap.

monwin152
monwin152

@ Notebook_holder congrats to you to, because you just FAILED!

meateater79
meateater79

This just reminded me that my local Fry's Electronics sell WoW Elixirs.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Awww they're not in cool potion lookin bottles, just plain old cans?Screw that. Oh just so you know, there WAS Mario Brothers themed soda way back when.It was pretty good.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

now that is an epic fail for a marketing guy somewhere...now Diablo cereal, count me in...lol

i7Crisisx
i7Crisisx

Energy drink? Really? Just give us the game already...

da_illest101
da_illest101

nice theme song, lol i could careless about the drinks, i want to play the game already

moh2in
moh2in

What's next? FFXIII-branded peppermint scented arsewipes?!" dude those would be awesome!!!!!!

moh2in
moh2in

ELIXIER YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM FULL HP OK I BUY

the26er
the26er

I live in Japan, I'll let you guys know how they are. Mind you, the ones from 2006 were pretty cool, I hate to admit it, but it's true.

wonzan
wonzan

Japanese culture really is epitomised by Pokemons "gotta catch em all" slogan isn't it? A friend I know went there and told me this and seeing things like this I can't disagree. Meh, must be a cultural thing instilled at a young age. I don't find any sense in collecting things of no real significance.

Biorges
Biorges

my HP is low and my MP is about to go, i need an elixir (future nerd conversations)

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

I'd buy a case, I mean I'm a nerd and I love caffeine so damn bring it stateside and put a smile on my face, please

just_nonplussed
just_nonplussed

"What's next? FFXIII-branded peppermint scented arsewipes?!" -hey, let's pitch this to square. i wouldn't mind wiping my bum with final fantasy.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I would like these drinks to be released where I live.

noodles297
noodles297

@ Notebook_holder No X = 10 I = 1 10+3=13 Not 23

ptown58
ptown58

Just more cash for the video game industry, if it tastes good and is cheap I'm in.

Godien
Godien

@ Notebook_holder XIII in roman numerals means X+III or 10+3