5 Facts about the Latest Game Franchise to Turn 30 – Final Fantasy

Back in 1987, you may have been playing a Pacman cocktail arcade game or your favorite game on your NES or Sega Master System. Your fellow gamers in Japan, however, were getting their first chance to play a game that would turn into a franchise that, to date, has lasted three decades – Final Fantasy.

The famous role-playing video game, or RPG, turned 30 this month.

Final Fantasy is unique in terms of how long it has lasted. Many other classic titles from the 1980s still live on today, of course, but they have central characters that remain throughout each version of the game. Mega Man is a perfect example.

In Final Fantasy, however, every new version of the game has a brand-new set of characters. This only makes its longevity even more impressive.

Interesting Facts About Final Fantasy

To mark Final Fantasy’s 30th birthday, here are six facts about the franchise and original game you might not know.

1. There are 15 main versions of the game and loads of spinoff titles. In fact, if you count all the games released in multiple formats over the past 30 years, there are more than 90. Over 120 million copies of the game have been sold

2. The developers used the word "final" in the name of the original game because it felt like the last chance to save the company. Square Enix was on the verge of bankruptcy back in 1987, but its gamble paid off. Little did the team know then, however, that Final Fantasy would become one of the most famous, successful, and regularly played games in the world.

3. As well as being able to include the word "final" in the name, the developers also wanted the game's abbreviation to be FF as it sounds good when spoken in Japanese.

4. The only recurring character in each version of the game is Cid. Even though he appears in every game, his role and appearance are always different. That said, he is either an engineer or scientist.

5. While the game was first released on December 18, 1987, that was only in Japan. In fact, an English language version for the US market only became available in 1990.

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