Thanks to ginja_ninja for the inspiration!
So how do the Final Fantasy worlds connect? Well, they don’t. Hironobou Sakaguchi conceived each game as a stand-alone title. The only connection they share is the collection of homages, tropes and references found in most of the games.
But let’s just suspend disbelief and follow this theory. We could say “space” (Multiverse) or “time” (Timeline), maybe even both. They could each be on the same planet. Or they could be alternate realities of each other. But what if they were connected by…nothingness? That is, a literal Void? According to ginja_ninja:
All FF worlds are connected by the Interdimensional Rift, which is located in the Void. The plot of FFV centers around this and is pretty clear on it. Gilgamesh gets lost in the Void after being banished there by Exdeath for failing to beat the Warriors of the Crystal 3 times. When they encounter him after they travel to the Interdimensional Rift, they point him towards the way home but he later changes his mind, not wanting to be a coward. He shows up after the party is ambushed by Necrophobe and (somewhat unnecessarily) casts exploder on himself to deal the finishing blow. Apparently, he somehow survives and spends his life wandering the Interdimensional Rift, looking for legendary swords and worthy opponents to duel that can give him the same challenge his battles with Bartz did.
So yes, he is traveling through both space and time when he finds dimensional portals to enter a new world.
What does this mean for each Final Fantasy world? And how does the Interdimensional Rift connect them? Is the Interdimensional Rift a black hole or a warp zone?
Essentially, I believe the Void is how our flagship characters appear in the barren land of Dissidia. In fact, I believe Garland is responsible for Dissidia’s events. When Garland opened the Interdimensional Rift leading to Chaos, he created an alternate timeline, leading to another hidden world. For whatever reason, it was nothing of endless fighting – just how someone like “Knock you all down” Garland would have wanted.
What do you think?