Fans have been searching for clues that connect the series together, ever since Final Fantasy II/IV. Since series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, didn’t intend for Final Fantasy to have direct sequels, any connections were tenuous at best. All we had to go on were homages and rumors. Later on, we got direct sequels, but only for games in the same universe.
Then we have the crossovers. First, the Dissidia Final Fantasy brought our characters together for a fighting game. Then Theatrhythm Final Fantasy brought them together again for a rhythm action game. The Brave Exvius, Explorers, Record Keeper and Mobius featured several crossovers with even more characters. And Final Fantasy XIV contains many references from all Final Fantasy games.
Several of these characters and their settings found themselves in a single story, mostly for the sakes of fan fiction. And the connection is canon. How do fans explain this? One explanation is that the Final Fantasy series exists in a Multiverse.
The multiverse (or meta-universe) is a hypothetical group of multiple separate universes including the universe in which humans live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, the physical laws and the constants that describe them. The different universes within the multiverse are called the “parallel universes”, “other universes” or “alternative universes”.
Usually, crossover events in fiction rely on Multiverses, whether they state it or not. For grouping:
Final Fantasy I – VI may exist in the same universe; we fight bosses from the respective games in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Final Fantasy IX may exist in Final Fantasy I’s world. Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima and producer Yoshinori Kitase confirm a connection between Final Fantasy VII and X. Final Fantasy XII and the Tactics games exist on Ivalice. Originally, the Fabula Nova Crystallis series included Final Fantasy XV, along with Final Fantasy XIII and Type-0. Shantotto appears in Final Fantasy XIV, which contains many Final Fantasy related settings. Final Fantasy V and VI contain Gogo and Gilgamesh, with the former referenced in Final Fantasy VIII.
Very similar to the concept of a multiverse, we could assume each Final Fantasy game is an alternate reality. This explains the variations we see with common themes such as Chocobos, Moogles, Cids and the summons.
But then, an alternate reality of what? If each game were an alternate reality of each other, this would imply a game each originates from. Maybe that game is Dissidia? Or maybe it has yet to be told.
What connects them all? Besides Cosmos and Chaos, the interdimensional rift. That’s how Gilgamesh travels to Dissidia’s setting. What do you think? What connections can you make?