Feb 22, 2017
Square Enix has been awarded three new Guinness World Records for its Final Fantasy series. The awards were presented during the European Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival event, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany.
Square Enix secured one award for Final Fantasy being the “most prolific role-playing-game series”. Rightly so: despite the series’ deceptive name, it now has a whopping 87 RPGs under its belt. Square Enix‘s President and Representative Director Yosuke Matsuda received the award on behalf of the company.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – the second proper MMO of the series – nabbed two awards. The first was “longest end credits in an MMO game”. This was awarded mainly due to the fact that the game included two sets of credits – one for the game’s original development team and one for 2013’s overhaul.
Despite a turbulent start, Final Fantasy XIV has really hit its stride over the last couple of years – mostly thanks to the abovementioned overhaul of the game – 2013’s aptly named Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The massive update was sparked by the game’s universal panning back in 2010.
XIV’s second record was for the “most original pieces of music in a video game (including expansions)”, which the game was awarded for its inclusion of over 280 pieces of music in the main game (Ver 2.0~2.55) and an impressive 104 pieces from the expansion, Heavensward (Ver 3.0~3.45).
“It is a testament to both the size and longevity of the Final Fantasy franchise,” says Stephen Daultrey, Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. “It can break Guinness World Records titles that are broad, eclectic, and landmark as these ones.”
The next expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, Stormblood, is due to release on 20 June.