Long running role playing video game series Final Fantasy was honoured with three new Guinness World Records titles at the weekend during a huge fan event in Germany.
The presentation, which took place at the Frankfurt Final Fantasy XIV fan festival in front of hundreds of passionate gamers saw the franchise declared as the world’s Most prolific role playing game.
Since the original game in the series, designed by the legendary Hironobu Sakaguchi, was first released way back in 1987, the franchise has spawned 87 different RPG titles including numbered entries and spin-offs.
In addition, video game producer Naoki Yoshida’s celebrated Final Fantasy XIV (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) received two further Guinness World Records titles specific to the game.
The first was Longest end credits in an MMO game, recognising the epic one hour and 38 minute length of the end credits to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (2013).
While credits typically contain the names of everyone involved with the creation of a game, the credits to A Realm Reborn also contains the names of players of Final Fantasy XIV (2010) as a sign of appreciation from the development team for their support.
It is particularly long for its recognition of several players and creators of the game.
While most credits typically contain the names of everyone involved with the design of a game, the credits to A Realm Reborn also contains the names of players of the original Final Fantasy XIV (2010) as a sign of appreciation from the development team for their support.
The 2013 version of the game also received the record for Most original pieces of music in a videogame, having featured an incredible 384 individual and custom pieces of music recorded specifically for the game. This can be broken down as 280 pieces for the main game (Ver 2.0~2.55) and 104 from the 2015 expansion Heavensward™ (Ver 3.0~3.45).
On the day of the celebratory event, both Naoki Yoshida (Producer, Director) and Masayoshi Soken (Composer) were present on stage in Frankfurt to accept their awards in front of the Fan Festival crowd.
Stephen Daultrey, Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition said, "It is testament to both the size and longevity of the Final Fantasy franchise that it can break Guinness World Records titles that are broad, eclectic, and landmark as these ones.”