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The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is a sub-franchise within the Final Fantasy VII series. It primarily comprises a core quadrilogy of two prequels and two sequels to Final Fantasy VII, that expand on its world and story.

In 2006, the name Rebirth of Compilation (リバース オブ コンピレーション, Rebāsu obu Konpirēshon?) was used to refer to a trio of announced titles derived from Compilation works.[1]


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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.
  • Final Fantasy VII: 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 (re-released in English as a full novel). 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,[2] although the Final Fantasy VII series Special Book does not acknowledge this.

Rebirth of Compilation[]

A trio of titles announced at Tokyo Game Show 2006.[1]


Naming convention[]

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.[3]

Following this pattern, the Final Fantasy VII events in Mobius Final Fantasy have been named "EC" (Eclipse Contact) and "FC" (Fatal Calling).

Additionally the standalone mobile title released alongside the remake project, retelling various stories from the Compilation, also features the initials "EC" (Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis).


The Final Fantasy VII remake project incorporates certain lore and setting materials from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII to expand the original story.[4]