Thanks to Kyoraki for the inspiration!
First, is Final Fantasy a multiverse? A multiverse:
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”.
So could Final Fantasy XIV links all of the Final Fantasy worlds together? That’s what Kyoraki thinks, and I think there’s an interesting idea here:
There’s been several theories that all Final Fantasy games exist within a multiverse of sorts, which have been backed up with various pieces of concrete evidence from Sqaure. First up is Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, which introduces the idea that the first four games are definitely connected, before pitting the heroes in a dungeon against every major boss from those games. Second is Dissidia Final Fantasy, in which two gods named Cosmos and Chaos yank out various heroes and villains from the first 12 games into a mirror dimension to fight as their ‘Champions’ for control of their own universes, hinting at the idea that there’s a number of holes between them that can be exploited.
Where does FFXIV play into this though? Well, let’s start out at the beginning which states that Eorzea is a land blessed by the Gods, namely ‘The Twelve’. It’s also home to a number of other gods, however, including familiar names like Ifrit, Titan, and even the mighty Bahamut, who proves himself to be even more powerful than Eorzea’s native deities in the opening FMV. Note that the game directly refers to them as Gods, and not summons. And what is a God, other than a powerful deity that you can summon to aid you in times of need? FFXIV goes further than that though, giving each one a more detailed backstory and an entire race of ‘beast men’ to worship each one, with the ability to summon them in far more powerful forms for much more extended periods of time than the heroes of other games can. It’s also explained that when not manifested in the real world, these primal gods exist within the planet’s lifestream. Could it be that there only exists one of each ‘God’ in the entire multiverse and that they can briefly appear in other universes to briefly help heroes who call upon their aid? It’s certainly a possibility, as it wouldn’t require too much effort for an aethereal God to slip between the cracks in the universes and take on slightly different physical forms.
The second pet theory of mine that backs up the idea that FFXIV is a the center of the universes is the plot of the game and the heaps of references to past games. The typical Final Fantasy tropes are out in force, of course, Chocobos are the main method of land transport, Moogles help passing adventurers, Biggs, Wedge, and Cid all make appearances, and the world is littered with Cactuars, Malboros, and other typical mobs. FFXIV goes far further than that though and lifts entire chunks of the plot from past games. The Garleans feature as villains, who outfit themselves with all sorts of stuff including Judge Armour (FFXII), Gunblades (FFVIII), and Magitek- most notably the exact same suit of Magitek Armour that features on the box art of FFVI. Likewise, Eorzeans recognize the existence of the Lifestream and have the tools to crystallize it into Materia, though not on an industrial scale. Major events like the Battle On The Big Bridge and the use of Meteor to cleanse the planet of all life also repeat themselves and past characters like Cait Sith are well known enough to get toys made out of them. Eorzea is a melting pot of all different aspects of Final Fantasy, suggesting that it has far more connections with the other universes. Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII also made an appearance in a special event, though this only confirms that there’s a link between those two universes, not that Eorzea is at the center.
I don’t know much about Final Fantasy XIV, and I vow to play it someday. Now that you can play up level 35 for free, why not? Of course, I’ve never really considered any of the MMO titles to be Final Fantasy titles. I thought they were their own separate thing, like Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. Now hold on everyone, I’m not saying Final Fantasy XIV is like Mystic Quest, just I’m not sure where to put the characters. Of course, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn looks amazing, and the characters won me over, so I’ll make the journey into Eorzea soon.
And from what I know about Final Fantasy XIV, this has some merit. Some call it a Final Fantasy Themepark due to all of the references. There was a time Final Fantasy IX was the “love-letter to fans” and contained the most homages to Final Fantasy. Now it’s Final Fantasy XIV. I think that if there’s going to be another love letter to the series, not only do they have to surpass the references in this game, but they’ll have to include references from Final Fantasy XIV as well.
So then, what do you think?