Started in 1987, the Final Fantasy series is one of the most famous and loved of all time by fans. Over the years, Square Enix has contributed to making the franchise’s impact in the gaming world ever greater, including major chapters and numerous spin-offs published on almost every existing platform.
Faced with such a large number of games, and with Final Fantasy XVI coming in the near future (in this regard we will have news on Final Fantasy 16 in spring 2022), many, especially among the newcomers, might wonder how they are connected with each other The veterans know this well, but it is useful to repeat it: despite the numerous chapters, the Final Fantasy are not one of the following: each main episode (but also a good part of the spin-off series) tells a story in itself, with
This means that the various FFs, if they want, can be played freely and without necessarily following the numerical sequence: each title has its own ideas and mechanics, but otherwise they are completely disconnected. There are obviously exceptions, represented by the direct successors of a single chapter: think for example of Final Fantasy X-2, followed by the tenth episode, or even Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII, Again, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years takes place following the events of the fourth chapter, while Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for PSP is a prequel of the famous seventh episode. But as for the main games, there is no connection.
Regardless of this, however, it is also necessary to consider the presence of recurring elements among the various games, even if they are not narratively linked to each other. Creatures like Chocobo and Moguri appear in the vast majority of franchise titles; the same discourse for the character of Cid, which is proposed with new characterizations at each episode. In some games the concept of the Crystals with magical powers is repeated, around which the narrative rotates.
The curiosity about the new projects related to the brand is always great, especially regarding the remaking of Final Fantasy VII in progress: here is what we can expect from the next episodes of Final Fantasy 7 Remake.