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A collaboration (コラボ, korabo?), often shortened to collab in gaming lexicon, involves the sharing of items, clothes, etc with each other through events or downloadable content. Within the Final Fantasy series, this occurs with other properties of Square Enix and with franchises of other companies.
A collaboration whose source story intermixes with that of its host is often called a crossover.
In commemoration of the first anniversary of Dragon Quest X, the official start of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and eleven years of Final Fantasy XI, a collaboration event between these three MMOs was held. Slimes and spriggans started to infest the lands of Vana'diel during this limited time event.
As the threat had subsided, it soon returned due to the popularity of the first event. This time she-slimes and metal slimes snuck aboard with Horro to Vana'diel. While the spriggan threat were attempted to be contained by the moogles, these have come to Vana'diel as well.
Due to the popularity of Pictlogica Final Fantasy, a collaboration event was held where the adventurers could obtain new items as furnishings. Retro-style pixel art that depict famous NPCs from the world of Vana'diel.
Serah and Noel can wear various alternate costumes available as DLC. N7 Armor from Mass Effect is available for Noel and Serah, and Ezio's Assassin's Creed costume is available for Noel. These costumes are not available in the PC version due to licensing reasons.
Lightning's Spira's Summoner garb was initially issued with first-run copies of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. Midgar's Flower Girl garb was initially issued via the V Jump magazine strategy guide bonus in Japan, and via the game's Collector's Edition in North America. SOLDIER 1st Class garb was initially available as a simple pre-order. Some other outfits based on other characters from the series can be either acquired in-game or via DLC.
A crossover equipment with the Japanese tokusatsu TV franchise, Garo, includes the armor of the four main Makai Knights from the TV show, the outfits of two Makai Priests, and three Madou horses as mounts. Each armor and outfit include head, torso, gloves, and legs. Armor and outfits are granted as prizes in the Gold Saucer while the mounts are obtained through in-game achievements. The crossover has been implemented to celebrate the launch in Japan of the new Garo series Zero: Dragon Blood. The collaboration with Garo Director Keita Amemiya who designed the bosses in "Return to Ivalice", a twenty-four character raid is implemented in the expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Thirty yo-kai and two mounts from the Yo-kai Watch franchise came to Final Fantasy XIV in a 2016 limited time event Final Fantasy XIV x Yo-kai Watch.
There is also a crossover with the game Monster Hunter: World that has a quest where a monster found a crystal, making it gigantic. The two games "switch" bosses: a Final Fantasy XIV's iteration of Behemoth appears on World, and Rathalos from Monster Hunter appears as a duty boss in Final Fantasy XIV.
A NieR:Automata inspired series of 24-player raids. YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse is featured in the third expansion pack Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, being produced by Yoko Taro, the director of Drakengard and NieR series.
- List of collaborations
- Burgeoning Dread and The Maiden's Rhapsody - Final Fantasy XI
- Return to Ivalice - Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics
- Lightning Strike - Final Fantasy XIII
- A Nocturne for Heroes - Final Fantasy XV
- Breaking Brick Mountains - Dragon Quest X
- GARO x Final Fantasy XIV - GARO
- The Hunt for Rathalos - Monster Hunter: World
- YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse - NieR:Automata
- Final Fantasy XIV x Yo-kai Watch - Yo-kai Watch
Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV have various collaborations in the form of product placement, such as with Audi for Noctis's car, Audi R8 Star of Lucis, and with Cup Noodle for Gladiolus's favorite dish. The main party's outfits have also been designed in collaboration with fashion label Roen.
The Final Fantasy XV team has partnered with computer case maker CoolerMaster for a custom-embossed C700p enclosure to be displayed during streams and events.
Final Fantasy XV: Assassin's Festival was a free DLC event in collaboration with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, where the party could wear attires from Assassin's Creed and the player could try out new stealth-type gameplay. The collaboration was foreshadowed in Final Fantasy XV and Assassin's Creed Origins trailers before being unveiled in Gamescom 2017 in August.
Patch 1.26 introduced a new DLC crossover with Mistwalker's Terra World franchise: Close Encounter of the Terra Kind. Noctis is whisked away to an otherworldly dimension where he meets Sarah from Terra Battle 2 and must team up with her to save the realm from a monster known as the Eroder.
Patch 1.27 added Adventurer from Another World, a collaboration event with Final Fantasy XIV where Noctis embarks on a journey with a Miqo'te called Y'jhimei who has come to Eos from Eorzea. Players who complete the quest get Final Fantasy XIV-themed attires and a new summon, as well as the ability to trade items for new ultimate weapons.
A collaboration with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, titled Here Comes Brave!, ran from December 28, 2017 to January 22, 2018 (UTC). Playable in both single-player and multiplayer quest modes, members of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius cast wete transported to the realm of Izander, working with the King's Knight cast to solve a new mystery. During the event, King's Knight added several thematic elements directly from Brave Exvius.
The single-player campaign consisted of 11 quest chapters, released nightly during the event. Rain, Lasswell, Fina, Lid, and Nichol also appeared as Warriors, a Wizard, a Monk, and a Gigant respectively; each was a 4★ summon by gacha. The collab also had a related raid event in Brave Exvius, Conqueror of Izander.
A separate event was also issued with the game Spelunker, a 1983 puzzle-platformer that, like King's Knight, was enhanced on mobile. Square Enix released two pseudo-sequels to the title, one of which launched along with King's Knight. Both are active and downloadable on modern consoles and PCs.
An in-universe collaboration in late February 2018 had Noctis and his party participating as AI players in multiplayer mode, each with his own set of "live dialogues" and interactive messages. The campaign also offered codes for redeemable add-ons in Final Fantasy XV. However, as King's Knight entered sunset, the add-ons were released as gratis downloadable content.
Although a gift quest based on Brave Exvius was released in the final weeks of King's Knight by popular demand, no unit from any collab was ever re-issued.
Notable crossover events in the game include:
- The Lone Wolf's Lament - Cloudy Wolf (with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)
- Discord and Harmony (Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, was originally an arcade)
- Pawn Among Kings (Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age)
- Flames of Vengeance (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn)
- Sleeping Mountain and Shield of the King (Final Fantasy XV Universe)
- Type-0: Into the Fray (Final Fantasy Type-0)
- Doorway to Another Realm I: The Coil's Light (Mobius Final Fantasy)
- World of Grymoire (World of Final Fantasy)
- Key to Another World (with Kingdom Hearts)
- The Keyblade's Chosen (with Kingdom Hearts)
- World Hearts (with Kingdom Hearts)
- In Trembling Twilight (with Kingdom Hearts)
- Spun from Light (with Kingdom Hearts)
- Bonds Across Time (Final Fantasy Dimensions II)
- Crossing Paths (with Octopath Traveler)
- The Valkyrie Descends (with Valkyrie Anatomia - The Origin)
The Japanese version has had a number of exclusive crossovers:
- Emperors SaGa
- Romancing SaGa II
- SaGa Scarlet Grace
- Rise of Mana
- Valkyrie Profile
- A promotion for the niconico streaming service
As far as Record Synergy
- Mobius Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy
- Mana: Final Fantasy
- Saga: shared are Core while hero-specific match their realm
- Kingdom Hearts: Kingdom Hearts
- Final Fantasy Dimensions II: Beyond
- World of Final Fantasy: Beyond
- Logres: Final Fantasy V
- Octopath Traveler: EX (special external)
- Valkyrie Anatomia: EX
Collaborations occur frequently, issuing new events, units, and other challenges based on their sources.
Notable collaborations include:
- Adventures of Mana (originally known as Final Fantasy Adventure)
- Ariana Grande
- Brave Frontier
- Bravely Default (also with characters from Bravely Second and Fairy's Effect)
- Crystal Defenders
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (GL only)
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Imperial SaGa (JP only)
- Just Cause 3 (GL only)
- Katy Perry
- King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon-
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts X[chi] / Union X[cross]
- Monster Hunter: Explore (JP only)
- NieR: Automata
- Octopath Traveller
- Romancing SaGa 3 (JP only)
- Secret of Mana
- Trials of Mana
- Star Ocean: Anamnesis (the units are actually the main heroes from First Departure to Integrity and Faithlessness)
- Terra Battle (JP only)
- Tomb Raider
- Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
As of April 2020, three collaborations are known. The associated events were run for two weeks apiece unless otherwise noted:
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
- Final Fantasy Tactics
Although somewhat rarer than with other titles, Mobius Final Fantasy collaborated with other titles in the franchise, including:
- Final Fantasy VII Remake (for two events)
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Final Fantasy X series
- Final Fantasy XI (cards only)
- Final Fantasy XII (for The Zodiac Age release)
- Lightning Saga
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy (JP only)
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper
It also forged a crossover with Mistwalker's Terra Battle within the first year of service, which was never re-issued.
Characters from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius appear in a collaboration between the two games.
The Alchemist CodeEdit
Assassin's Creed: OriginsEdit
These outfits are exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version of the game, but can also be used on PC via hacking.
Dragon Quest XEdit
Kingdom Hearts Union χEdit
A complete crossover with Record Keeper occurred in late February-early March 2018. Summon medals featuring Tyro and Elarra were made available. A second crossover was made in tandem with the release of Kingdom Hearts III in 2019.
Previously known as Hot Shots Golf outside Japan, this golf simulator featured various Final Fantasy creatures on virtual golf apparel in the Japanese versions.
Monster Hunter ExploreEdit
Monster Hunter: WorldEdit
Phantasy Star Online 2Edit
Star Ocean: AnamnesisEdit
Rain, Lasswell, and Fina were available units during the second collaboration between this game and Brave Exvius. They and their weapons could be obtained in separate gacha pools during a three-week story event. Of the three, only Lasswell was given gratis in an exclusive draw requiring tickets obtained as mission prizes. With service to the Global version closed as of November 5, 2019, collaboration units were not reissued.
Insofar as their roles within the Anamnesis job schema:
- Rain was a Defender whose weapons of choice were swords.
- Lasswell was an Attacker, and preferred blades & sheaths.
- Fina was a Healer, and preferred bows.
Each unit's Rush Mode was based on his/her Limit Burst in the source. Uniquely for this collaboration as well, each unit had voiced dialogue in both Japanese and English that had not been used in the source game.
- See also: Cloud at SmashWiki
Cloud has been a playable character from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U to the present Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- See Noctis's article on the Tekken Wiki.
Noctis is a playable character. He was announced as the third DLC guest character, after SNK fighting game series character Geese Howard , Street Fighter character Akuma, and female vampire Eliza, and was added on March 20, 2018.
Modeled after Yoshimitsu, Noctis fights using his Engine Blade sword as well as other weapons. He retains the moveset seen in his Final Fantasy XV appearances, while his fighting style refers to his playable appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. His Rage Art is based on Armiger, which has him summon the various weapons to bombard his opponent with a flurry of slashes, then impale his opponent with an axe to deal heavy damage.
Noctis has been acquainted with Tekken character Lars Alexandersson who calls him on his smartphone and convinces Noctis to take down his opponents. Noctis and Lars fish at the Jungle Outpost after the latter defeats Kuma in a fight. Most of his voice clips are reused from his appearance on Team Ninja/Tecmo Koei's Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Noctis has the basic Prince's Fatigues, but also the Casual Attire with jacket, the Kingly Raiment with jacket, the Choco-Mog Tee, as well as a unique dark robe with Lucian insignia, perhaps loosely based on the Master Assassin's Robes (Hooded).
A collaboration event between Final Fantasy XV and Terra Battle was launched on 27 April 2017, featuring three special quests focusing on Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis. Enemies from Final Fantasy XV also appear in the quests and the player has a chance to earn Noctis as a character.
Valkyrie Anatomia - The OriginEdit
In the crossover with Record Keeper, held an event titled "A Little Visitor". Tyro stumbles into the realm of the Valkyries and meets Mystina. After exchanging experiences between the two worlds, Mystina wants to explore ruins as an honorary Keeper and dresses the part. Even Hel's demon hordes cannot sway Tyro's curiosity as he tries to find a way back to the Royal Archives to report to Dr. Mog on the ancient records that brought him to Midgard.
During the event, Tyro is obtained as a gratis unit. "Scholar Mystina" can also be obtained via tribute of the Scholar's Cap artifact, which is drawn from the Divine Weapon gacha.
Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble Edit
Hosted a Dissidia Final Fantasy collab in which the player could recruit Cloud, Lightning, Bartz, and a few others in the Crank-a-Kai gacha. The game ended service as of May 31, 2018.
In 2017, the Chinese subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. ran an ad featuring both Lightning and Snow from Final Fantasy XIII. Designed to promote various service and safety features of Nissan cars, the ad depicts a young couple who exchange a set of virtual reality goggles. Each perceived the other as the character of their opposite gender when wearing the goggles. An assault from PSICOM was also depicted.
A later ad featuring Snow alone was also aired in China for the Kicks compact crossover vehicle.
Food and beverageEdit
Dippin' Dots ice creamEdit
In anticipation of Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy!, Square Enix partnered with "The Ice Cream of the Future" to create four limited-run flavors based on Chocobo's jobs: White Mage's Healing Vanilla, Scholar's Book-ies and Cream, Red Mage's Sweet Strawberry Spell, and Dancer's Banana Split. A contest was also staged with a chance to win prizes that included copies of the game and a year's home delivery of Dots. The grand prize included a Nintendo Switch system.
Karaage-kun chicken snacksEdit
"Limit Break" flavored karaage were on sale from January 22 to February 4, 2019.
Nissin Cup NoodlesEdit
To celebrate the launch of X-2 HD Remaster on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Nissin (America) have partnered with Square Enix to giveaway a copy of the game for each platform. To participate, simply comment on their Facebook post with which Final Fantasy X/X-2 character is the player's favorite (and why) and whether the player prefers the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch for a chance to win one of two grand prizes:
- A wrapped Xbox One X console + a digital copy of FFX/X-2
- A wrapped Nintendo Switch console + a digital copy of FFX/X-2
A couple of digital FFX|X2 copies for second place winners will also be awarded.
Giveaway closes May 6, 2019 at 11:59PM PST and is available for U.S. residents only. Winners will be selected on May 7, 2019.
Nissin Cup Noodles appear as product placement in Final Fantasy XV and promotional versions of the noodles with the game characters on the packaging were available in Japan.
Papa John's PizzaEdit
When new editions of Final Fantasy XV were released in mid-April 2018, the Louisville, Kentucky-based pizza chain ran a weeklong promotion that featured Ignis Scientia and his Crispy Cheese Pizza on a poster, distributed across the chain's social feeds. The promotion offered a 40% discount applied to all online orders with a coupon code. Square Enix also sponsored a contest in which entrants could win a copy of the game in any of the new editions along with a US$25 pizza gift card. Papa John's, however, does not have any product placement in Final Fantasy XV.