How Final Fantasy VII Changed EVERYTHING

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When FFVII was released, even popular JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy VI were struggling to reach mainstream Western audiences. Popular Japanese series like Dragon Quest were completely canceled overseas, and Japanese publishers were never sure whether it was worth the time, money, and risk to export JRPGs overseas.

But when Final Fantasy 7 arrives, everything changes. Players quickly became engrossed in the story of power-hungry Midgar, warring Wutai, Gaia and the Ancients, and of course Sephiroth and Jenova. They connected with the game’s main protagonists: Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, Cait Sith, and Vincent. And between the crazy hype due to FFVII’s graphical cutscenes and players’ love for the game, FFVII is poised to break into major Western markets where no previous JRPG has ever succeeded. It’s done. This is how his success with FFVII in the West changed everything and gave Final Fantasy VII its incredible impact.

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