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. It includes all of the spin-off games or movie titles related to Final Fantasy VII. 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 is made up of Tetsuya Nomura as artist and director, Kazushige Nojima as scenario writer, and Yoshinori Kitase as producer.
Listed in order of game chronology:
- Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-: The PlayStation Portable prequel taking place seven years before Final Fantasy VII. This is the story of Zack Fair, a SOLDIER 2nd Class under the tutelage of Angeal Hewley. The game chronicles the events of Zack's life right up until shortly before the beginning of Final Fantasy VII.
- 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.
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- 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 various failures, so he can recover his health and his 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 "The 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.
- 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.
- Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-: An anime OVA created for Square Enix by MadHouse Studios. This is another retelling of the Nibelheim Incident and of Cloud and Zack's escape, ending just outside of Midgar.
- 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.
- On the Way to a Smile: Episode Denzel: An OVA adaptation of the Case of Denzel, included with Advent Children Complete.
- Hoshi wo Meguru Otome: A novella midquel that takes place during the events of Final Fantasy VII. It shows Aerith Gainsborough's journey through the Lifestream.
- Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding: A mobile mini game released in North America and in Japan. It is a re-release of the snowboarding minigame from Final Fantasy VII.
- Final Fantasy VII Lateral Biography Turks -The Kids Are Alright- is a novel taking place shortly before the events of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, written by Kazushige Nojima and illustrated by Shou Tajima. It was 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.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake: A full remake of the original game for the PlayStation 4.
- 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" in reference 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.008-013