Thanks to NinjaXI for the inspiration!
Just like the main series, Final Fantasy Tactics and the rest of the Ivalice games have a very confusing timeline. Only Ivalice games connect in a world. But in what order?
So I recently rewatched the Final Fantasy Retrospectives (great series imo btw, first one here if you haven’t seen it yet).
When talking about the Ivalice Alliance they say that no order is canon as none has been confirmed yet. If I remember correctly these were originally aired in 2007 so things have probably changed.
On the Final Fantasy Wiki I found the following order :
- Final Fantasy XII
- Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (main game)
- Final Fantasy Tactics
- Vagrant Story (not an official Final Fantasy title)
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (prologue & epilogue)
Is this canon and confirmed? Want to play them in order.
…and I don’t know. Of course, I’m not an authority on the issue, just a fan. I’ve only played Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. From what I’ve read, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is a sequel of Final Fantasy XII. Yet, from what I’ve read, I can say this is roughly correct.
First in the series is Final Fantasy XII. Vaan makes an appearance in the next games after. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is a sequel of Final Fantasy XII. He also appears as a sky pirate in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, finally following his dreams from Final Fantasy XII. Then, we have the events of Final Fantasy Tactics. The setting is bleak and medieval. They speak of a world before airships and technology. So Final Fantasy Tactics has to come after the previous games, since they have airships and technology.
I think we can remove Vagrant Story. Sure, it takes place in Ivalice, but it’s about as Final Fantasy as Kingdom Hearts. Still, it includes references to other Final Fantasy Tactic characters, such as Agrias. And Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a story. Perhaps the setting is in Ivalice just like Spider-man “lives” in New York CIty. Or is Ivalice a story book? Then how did Cloud arrive in Ivalice? Is he apart of an overall Final Fantasy book series? Does Cloud make it to the world the same way as Marche and Luso? Well, not quite. Maybe through the Lifestream, but through an invention Mustadio discovered. Still, did Cloud have to have access to an Ivalice book in order for him to transport to the world?
And what about the Judges? This might be another hint that Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a story based on real life events. But how these events find themselves in book form for the modern reader makes the whole issue confusing.
Yet, one question: where does Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion fit in? Ramza is in it. Is this before or after the events of Final Fantasy Tactics?
Does anyone know what the correct order is?