The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is a sub-franchise within the Final Fantasy series that continues the storyline of Final Fantasy VII. Unlike other similar "series" within Final Fantasy, like the Ivalice Alliance, every game in the Compilation is of the same continuous storyline. Aside from the core tetralogy, numerous other spin-off games, anime, or movie titles related to Final Fantasy VII are considered part of the Final Fantasy VII series. In 2006, they used the name Rebirth of Compilation (リバース オブ コンピレーション, Rebāsu obu Konpirēshon?) to refer to a trio of announced titles derived from Compilation works.
This sub-series tends to have a more "sci-fi" tone than most other Final Fantasy games, with much of its world based on modern technology and society. The primary creative team for this series consists of Tetsuya Nomura as artist and director, Kazushige Nojima as scenario writer, and Yoshinori Kitase as producer.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake incorporates certain lore and setting materials from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII to expand the original story. Motomu Toriyama, co-director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, describes the remake project as a "coming together" of all the works set in the Final Fantasy VII universe to date.
Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
Listed in order of release date:
- Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-: The mobile game prequel, taking place six years before Final Fantasy VII and continuing through time until just before the start of the original game. It tells the tale of the Turks and their battle against the anti-Shinra insurgency group, AVALANCHE, the far more sinister precursor to the small organization the playable characters join in Final Fantasy VII. The game was never released outside of Japan. Defunct.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children: The CGI-animated movie sequel, taking place two years after Final Fantasy VII. It follows Cloud Strife in his search for forgiveness for his past failures to recover his health and happiness with his friends and family. Cloud and his party members reunite to fight three mysterious young men somehow connected to Sephiroth, whose mission is to locate Jenova (referred to as "Mother").
- Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-: The PlayStation 2 sequel taking place one year after Advent Children and three years after Final Fantasy VII. The story focuses upon Vincent Valentine and his battle against Shinra's last dark secret, the Deepground organization that has connections to Vincent's past. Through a series of flashbacks, it shows the events of thirty years before Final Fantasy VII, elaborating on Vincent's relationship with Lucrecia Crescent and Professor Hojo.
- Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-: The PlayStation Portable prequel taking place seven years before Final Fantasy VII. It's the story of Zack Fair, a SOLDIER 2nd Class under the tutelage of Angeal Hewley. The game chronicles Zack's life events right up until shortly before the beginning of Final Fantasy VII.
Rebirth of Compilation
- Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- EZ web and Yahoo! Keitai versions: Port of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. The logo is different on each carrier. Defunct.
- Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII-: The mobile game midquel to Dirge of Cerberus, retelling Vincent's journey to Nibelheim and his battle against Deepground forces along the way. This title was associated with the Compilation logo but wasn't counted in the canon established by the Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania. Defunct.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete: An extended and edited edition of the original film.
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- Final Fantasy VII International: Re-release of original game including content added to the North American versions. It also comes with Final Fantasy VII: Perfect Guide disc.
- Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding: A mobile minigame released in North America and Japan. It is a re-release of the snowboarding minigame from Final Fantasy VII. Defunct.
- Final Fantasy VII Technical Demo for PS3: Recreation of the opening scene of Final Fantasy VII as a technical demonstration of the capabilities of the PlayStation 3.
- On the Way to a Smile: A collection of novellas that tell the tales of various Final Fantasy VII characters during the time between the game and Advent Children. The first "episode" was published on the Advent Children website ahead of the film, while the whole set was first published shortly after the release of Advent Children Complete. The collection was marketed as the fifth Compilation entry, although the Final Fantasy VII series Special Book does not acknowledge this.
- Hoshi o Meguru Otome: A novella midquel that takes place during the events of Final Fantasy VII. It shows Aerith Gainsborough's journey through the Lifestream. Published in Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega.
- Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-: An anime OVA created for Square Enix by MadHouse Studios. This is another retelling of the Nibelheim Incident and Cloud and Zack's escape, ending just outside of Midgar. It is included with Advent Children.
- Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- International: Re-release of the original title with alterations made in the overseas versions, an English language track, and cutscenes from the defunct Japanese-only Multiplayer mode.
- On the Way to a Smile -Episode: Denzel- Final Fantasy VII: An OVA adaptation of "Episode: Denzel", included with Advent Children Complete.
- Final Fantasy VII The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story is a novel taking place shortly before the events of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, written by Kazushige Nojima and illustrated by Sho-u Tajima. It released in Japan on December 15, 2011. The novel primarily follows Evan Townshend, a private detective living in Edge.
- Final Fantasy VII G-Bike: A smartphone game based on the G Bike minigame in the original Final Fantasy VII. Defunct.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake: Picturing the Past: A novella prequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake focusing on Aerith growing up under the watch of Shinra. Published in Final Fantasy VII Remake World Preview.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake: A remake of the original game's opening events in Midgar for the PlayStation 4. During the development of the Compilation, a remake of Final Fantasy VII was planned to be the fifth entry but the project was put on-hold.
Individual titles have specific books relating to them. Below are listed books focusing on the series as a whole:
- Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania: Limited edition book documenting ten years of Final Fantasy VII titles, including brief mentions of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- (released the same day), and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (released two years later). A bonus item with Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Potions.
- Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania Revised Edition: Public release of the previous book, expanded with additional content for Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete.
- Final Fantasy VII series Special Book: Pamphlet that came with a Compilation tote bag looking back at the series. It was released leading up to the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
- Final Fantasy VII Poster Collection: Collection of posters from various Final Fantasy VII series titles.
The name "formula" with "AC" (Advent Children), "BC" (Before Crisis), "CC" (Crisis Core), and "DC" (Dirge of Cerberus) was a coincidence of production. The title of Before Crisis was partially chosen to link up the abbreviation "BC" with "AC" to refer to year designations. Early plans for Crisis Core were to name it "Before Crisis Core", but it was decided the "Before" was unnecessary, creating the pattern.
- Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania, p.019
- The Official FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Twitter account (Accessed: January 28, 2020) at Twitter
- King, Jade (2021, July 6). "Final Fantasy 7 Remake Interview: Yoshinori Kitase, Naoki Hamaguchi, and Motomu Toriyama On Recreating A Classic". From The Gamer. Archived from the original on 17=4 July, 2021.
- Home page (dead) (Accessed: November 07, 2006) at Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII- official site (dead)
- On the Way to a Smile -Final Fantasy VII- (dead) (Accessed: February 21, 2010) at Square Enix e-Store
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania, p.742
- Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania, p.012