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Collaboration, often shortened to collab in gaming lexicon, is a recurring element within the Final Fantasy series. It involves Final Fantasy with another property of Square Enix or a franchise of another company sharing items, clothes, etc with each other through events or downloadable content.
A collaboration whose source story intermixes with that of its host is often called a crossover.
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, while 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, the collaboration will bring, including 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 will include head, torso, gloves, and legs. Armor and outfits will be granted as prizes in the Gold Saucer while the mounts will be obtained through in-game achievements. The crossover has been implemented in order 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.
Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV have some 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.
Final Fantasy XV: Assassin's Festival is a free DLC event in collaboration with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, where the party can wear attires from Assassin's Creed and the player can 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.
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 have been 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 appear as Warriors, a Wizard, a Monk, and a Gigant respectively; each was a 4★ summon by lottery.
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.
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 Japanese version has had a number of exclusive crossovers:
In all versions, characters obtained in a collab do not yet have regular Realm assignments and therefore are largely ineligible for Record Synergy. However, the Mobius Final Fantasy cast was inserted into the Realm belonging to Final Fantasy. A Realm Reborn is the accepted base for Final Fantasy XIV. In the Japanese release, collab units had also been inserted into the Realm belonging to Final Fantasy V.
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
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light (JP only)
- Imperial SaGa
- Monster Hunter: Explore
- NieR: Automata
- Romancing SaGa 3
- Secret of Mana
- Seiken Densetsu 3
- Star Ocean: Anamnesis (the units are actually the main heroes from First Departure to Integrity and Faithlessness)
- Terra Battle (JP only)
- Final Fantasy VII Remake (for two events)
- Final Fantasy XII (for The Zodiac Age release)
- Lightning Saga
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy (JP only)
It has also forged a crossover with Terra Battle.
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Characters from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius appear in a collaboration between the two games.