Final Fantasy is a worldwide popular media franchise with games, anime, motion pictures, printed works and other franchising items. Final Fantasy series started in 1987 with a game. Franchise is started by Hironobu Sakaguchi and games are producing by Square Enix. Today there are Final Fantasy games in different genres like tactical role-playing, fighting, third person shooter, racing and various. Final Fantasy Franchise system works on same characters, same plot stories but independent mythologies and game mechanics. Producers mostly take character names from historical heroes and heroines. How many Final Fantasy video games are released?
There are 14 games based on main story and over 30 games as prequels or own storied games. Nearly all Final Fantasy games take place in different fictional universes but prequels mostly take place in same universe.
Final Fantasy games mainly use role-playing style but there are also massively multiplayer online role-playing games today in internet. Producers also tried different genres like tower defense games or third-person shooters but it’s hard to say they are successful. Company sold over 100 million units of released Final Fantasy games.
There are 14 video games in “main series” of Final Fantasy. First game of Final Fantasy is released in December 18, 1987 for this series. First game is released for Nintendo Entertainment System and gained critical success. It’s now possible to find games of “main series” in PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, iOS and Windows Phone 7. In 2012, Google also released a Final Fantasy game to Android Google Play. Especially “Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition” released for PS Portable is one of the most popular games in “main series.” Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV are the online games of “main series.” First idea about an online game of Final Fantasy is set in 2001.
In 2002, Square Enix released an online game of Final Fantasy “main series.” Game became XBOX console’s first MMORPG. Enix released 5 expansion packs for online game. Especially Treasures of Aht Urhgan became very popular. Second online game on “main series” is released as Final Fantasy XIV. Square Enix developed this online game. It will be the first Final Fantasy game released for PlayStation 3.
There are 3 video games in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy “Main series-related games” category. They are Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Fortress. Final Fantasy X-2 is released for PS2. It was a sequel to Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is released for Nintendo DS. It was a sequel to Final Fantasy XII. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is released for mobile phones first. Then it’s released in WiiWare and PS Portable. Fortress was also planned as a sequel to Final Fantasy XII but then Square Enix cancelled the plan.
There are 3 games in Square Enix’s “Compilation of Final Fantasy VII” series. They are “Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII”, “Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII” and “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.” Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII is released for some concept phones like Yahoo phones. It was a prequel to Final Fantasy VII. Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII was one of the rare third-person shooters in Final Fantasy series. Period that game goes is three years later than Final Fantasy VII. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is released for PS Portable. Game is Final Fantasy VII’s prequel.
“Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy” series of Final Fantasy has 4 games. Final Fantasy Type-0 is released for PS Portable. It’s announced as an online game but then Square Enix announced that game is not on MMORG category. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is released for PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s the first direct sequel of Final Fantasy XIII. It’s released in February 3, 2012 for PAL region.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will also be released for PS3 and Xbox 360. Game is both sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Final Fantasy XIII. According to sources from Square Enix, planned release date of game as 2013 for all regions. Release notes excited all Final Fantasy fans because it will be possible to customize appearance and weapons.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII game will also be released in next year. Game will be released with Final Fantasy XIII’s same mythology but in different universes. According to rumors, game will be released first for PlayStation 3.
Final Fantasy Tactics series has three games. First Final Fantasy Tactics game is released in 1997. It was the first tactical role-playing game of Final Fantasy history. Game is rereleased then with the “Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions” name. It’s also possible to find a PS Portable version but this version couldn’t gain commercial success.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a developed version of first game but it’s not a sequel. Universe of game is Ivalice’s dream world. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is a sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Game sets in Ivalice’s real world.
There are also various spin-offs of Final Fantasy games. Chocobo series is one of the most popular ones in this category. There are games from different genres like turn-based strategy, adventure, role-playing game, snowboarding game and 3D fighting game.
Final Fantasy Brigade is an online social game from Final Fantasy series. Game is released in Japan in January 6, 2012. Main topic of game is social interactions. Game gained a commercial success with over 500,000 members in a small period. According to Enix Square, there are over 2 million registered members of game now.
Enix Square also created compilations and collections for Final Fantasy. Especially Final Fantasy for Advance series and Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series became very famous worldwide.
Sometimes games are criticized with their connections to other Final Fantasy games because it’s some hard to understand a connection if you are not a big fan of Final Fantasy but Square Enix is focusing still on fans and it’s possible to see more game connections.