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Players keep spending thousands of dollars on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

“It was my birthday and I had to have Elza.”

This middle-aged, married man, going by Nothing024 on Reddit, missed out on his first chance to get the limited-time promotional crossover character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and only had two weeks to try to get her again. A patch had increased the chances he’d pull rare characters like her, but nowhere did it say that Elza was a 1-in-400 pull, with each try costing about $2.50. He eventually got her, though — one character in a game with a cast of hundreds.

“I charged $1500 that day to get her,” he wrote.

It’s easy to get hooked on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. It’s a traditional Japanese role-playing game split into episodes, with new ones released roughly once a month, and streamlined for mobile play. Brave Exvius’ main selling point is its huge crossover melting pot of characters from almost every Final Fantasy game, and from many other Square Enix titles. In the game, these characters appear as “visions” of “legendary warriors given life.” When publisher Square Enix and global developer Gumi released Brave Exvius outside Japan in June 2016, it featured characters such as Cecil and Rydia of Final Fantasy 4; now it also features characters like Noctis of Final Fantasy 15, a game newer than Brave Exvius itself.

The mix of quick play sessions and Final Fantasy nostalgia has worked for Gumi and Square Enix. So much so, in fact, that Square Enix highlighted Brave Exvius and a similar mobile game, Kingdom Hearts Union X, as profit leaders in its 2017 earnings report.

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What the report doesn’t mention is what makes these games so profitable: The main way of improving your collection is by taking pulls on a slot machine. It’s what many call a gacha game, after Japanese gachapon toy-vending machines. Instead of having characters join the party during the story like they might in a traditional role-playing game, the player buys loot box-like crystals that each contain a single random character in a “summon” tab. Making progress in the game earns a trickle of free Lapis gems, the currency used to buy summons, but the amount pales in comparison to buying Lapis with real money.

That leaves players feeling underfunded, as most pulls only have a 3 percent chance to get the rarest and best rank, a “rainbow” five-star character. And that rate was all rumor and supposition until a patch in late January 2018, when Gumi added the exact chances to pull a four- or five-star character, shortly after Apple announced plans to require posted drop rates for in-game purchases in iOS games. The change didn’t just affect Brave Exvius; gacha games often use low drop rates and limited-time promotions to encourage players to pull and pull and pull to get the latest new addition. And many of these games encourage players to repeatedly pay large amounts.

The human cost of this was well-illustrated on the Brave Exvius subreddit in particular when Nothing024 posted his story last December, about racking up debt in excess of $15,000 and almost ruining his marriage. It was met with a groundswell of support from the community, as well as several other posters sharing their own cautionary tales.

For this article, Nothing024 and several others with similar experiences spoke with Polygon about their time with Brave Exvius. Crasher is an IT technician. Carlos (not his real name) is also an IT tech. Shane is a truck driver. Each of them is protective of their privacy; although they confirmed their identities and the details of their stories, they spoke on the condition that we keep many personally identifying details secret. It can be hard to publicly admit that you have a problem with something as relatively frivolous as a cellphone spinoff game, they say.

[A rep for Square Enix did not respond to multiple requests to comment for this story.]

A whale is born

Nothing024 describes himself as a “whale.” The term originally comes from traditional casino gambling, but that’s not where he learned it. He’s only gambled in a casino a few times, never spending more than $100. A whale is a big spender in free-to-play video game lingo, too.

He didn’t know anything about that when he found Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. He was initially attracted to the Final Fantasy name: “It was a fresh take on an old classic, my favorite series of all time,” he said in the Reddit thread. Unlike older games, it fit into his life as a family man: “It didn’t require a console or a TV, just a few minutes to play a couple of dungeon runs or a quick exploration.”

Although he was initially attracted by the limited time investment, Nothing024’s fixation on Brave Exvius started taking a toll on his relationship with his family. “[They] kept asking me, what am I tapping on my phone all the time? Why am I always looking at my screen?” he said on Reddit. Despite this growing obsession, he played it without paying, just as he had with other free-to-play mobile games like Candy Crush.

“There was no one I knew spending on it,” he tells Polygon.

That changed when Nothing024 found r/FFBraveExvius on Reddit, after getting stuck on a limited-time event. He points to that as the start of his problems: “Seeing other people talk about spending, it felt more acceptable,” he says. “That was a big mistake.”

Opening the wallet

In Brave Exvius, as in most gacha games, new characters are released as “banners.” A banner promotion features three to six units, which are almost always better than previous units. The banner’s limited run is the best time to get them: Summoning during its two-week period — “pulling on a banner” — makes that pull relatively more likely to be one of the promoted characters. An estimated one pull in three will land one of them — a fact that still isn’t explained anywhere in the game, even after the January patch that added the rates for each rarity.

While players get a trickle of resources to make free pulls, it’s often not enough to get all — or any — of the units on a banner before it ends. The lure to buy more to get the newest and best is always there. Shane describes the constant temptation: “It’s so easy to spend it when you have the money,” he says. “You are able to just press a button and presto, you have a bunch more pulls you can do.”

Carlos describes how spending can creep up on you. “The first time always seems to give you something really good — at least in my case,” he says. “This initially gets me interested in [keeping] playing the game. In the beginning, I would maybe use $10 [...] and didn’t go over that. It was when there was an ‘event’ that I told myself I really wanted something.”

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The event that snared Nothing024 for the first time was a November 2016 banner featuring the main characters of Final Fantasy 3 for Nintendo DS, including Luneth and Refia. More than a year later, Nothing024 still recalled them as “the best DPS and the best Healer available at the time” on Reddit, echoing the banner’s advertisement copy.

He had to have them, particularly Luneth, the five-star unit of the banner. About 30 pulls with gems and tickets he earned from playing Brave Exvius weren’t enough: All he got was “trolled by a rainbow Edge,” he said on Reddit. Early on in the game’s life, a pull could appear to be high-rank, but turn out to be a low-ranked character; in this case, Nothing024 was set on tilt when a rainbow summon turned out to be Edge from Final Fantasy 4, a common, weak character. “I was enraged, insenced [sic], insistent that I get Luneth. I put in my card number into my digital wallet and upped myself $99 of Lapis,” he said on Reddit. That was enough for roughly 40 pulls; still not enough. “So I put in another $99 and pulled and pulled and I got Luneth!” He didn’t know it at the time, but that was lucky. User polls on the subreddit estimated Luneth’s drop rate at about 1 in 200 pulls.

Nothing024 rationalized the impulse purchases. “It was only $200. I can spare that. I haven’t bought a video game in 6 years. I deserve it, I earned it,” he said on Reddit.

Sliding down the chute

Only a few weeks later, however, he was back at it. Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy 5, known as “Greg” among Brave Exvius fans, headlined the banner, and Nothing024 had to pull Gilgamesh in order to get a Genji Glove. He used up his remaining resources pulling, then again considered spending real money, since “it was only $200 to get Luneth,” he said on Reddit. He recalled his obsession:

I put in my money again, $99....no Greg, $99....no Greg, $99....no Greg.... I took a break for a little bit. My family had plans for the day. I was angry now. How could I have spent $300 and not gotten what I wanted? When nobody was looking, around everyone, I did it again. $99....no Greg, $99...no Greg, $99...no Greg, $99... Finally. I had Gilgamesh. [...] Yeah, I spent $700, but I would stop now. I had enough.

He didn’t stop. Even now, as he thinks about it, he says, “I don’t know why I couldn’t stick to that resolve.” Three weeks later, when Noctis from Final Fantasy 15 was released, “I got greedy. I pulled again ... another $300.”

A month and a half later, a collaboration banner broke his resolve again. Collaboration banners, common to many gacha games, are crossover promotions. In Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, they’re usually characters from other Square Enix games, even far-flung ones like Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft or the cast of Nier: Automata. Sometimes the crossovers go even farther afield, like Ariana Grande’s guest appearance to promote her Dangerous Woman tour. No matter the source, these crossover characters — and other promotional characters, like holiday-themed units — are only available for the banner’s two-week run.

This particular collaboration had Nothing024 excited: “Secret of Mana! The Secret of Mana was, hands down, one of the best games to ever come out for the SNES,” he said on Reddit. All three main characters were on the banner, but he “had to have” Randi, the main protagonist and rarest of the three. He remembered, “I could afford it to have a piece of my childhood back, no matter what the cost. It cost me about $400.”

It was at that point that Nothing024 realized he had a problem. “I had spent nearly $1700 on this game now, I couldn’t spend any more,” he said. He had a plan to get the spending under control — “I unlinked the credit card and got back to my senses” — but couldn’t abandon his sunk costs. “I could keep playing my game. [...] I was determined to get the most out of [Randi], no matter what. It was my hard earned money.”

He didn’t have it under control. Four months later, he spent $1,500 chasing Elza, a collaboration character from Brave Frontier, an older game by Gumi. That banner was a “split” banner — it had two five-star characters — so his odds of pulling her were 1 in 400, despite the removal of “troll” rainbows. A month and a half later, he was pulling another split banner. While he pulled and pulled, netting more than a dozen other five-star characters, he spent $2,500 before he got the one he wanted: Veritas of the Dark, Brave Exvius’ mysterious antagonist.

Overspending on collaboration and split banners was a common story, due to the limited availability and lower drop rates for their characters. The first time Carlos spent more than he wanted to was during a collaboration event, and he recalls them as “when the pendulum started moving the other way” for him, he tells Polygon. Crasher overspent on the same Brave Frontier banner, as well as a later Nier: Automata split banner: “Both times left me feeling depressed at not getting what I wanted,” he says.

By this point, Nothing024 wasn’t even pretending he wasn’t going to pay for more pulls, even though he was still hiding the thousands he’d spent from his family. He followed the money he spent trying to get Veritas of the Dark with “another $1000 just to keep me going with energy [refills],” he wrote on Reddit. He spent $400 here on Nyx, the protagonist of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15, $500 there for Rubicante, a Final Fantasy 4 boss.

Rock bottom

It came to a head for Nothing024 last December. There was a Black Friday sale on Lapis, and the five-star pull rate had just been increased from 1 percent to 3 percent. But most exciting for Nothing024 was that the Cloud banner was coming soon. As he put it on Reddit, “Cloud is iconic! Cloud is the heart of Final Fantasy!”

Until Cloud, Final Fantasy 7 was noticeably absent from Brave Exvius. Square Enix gave Cloud’s release a promotional push with his own trailer. It even broke out of the relatively insular mobile gacha ghetto into mainstream game news.

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Most banners focus on a particular game. If you pull on the Final Fantasy 4 banner, you might be chasing Dark Knight Cecil, but you have a chance of pulling Rosa or Edge as a consolation prize. Cloud’s banner was unusual: Except for Cloud himself, even on-banner pulls were disappointing nobodies created specifically for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Since he was splitting the five-star spot with a filler character, Cloud was just as rare as Luneth had been despite the “3x Rainbow Summon Rate Increase,” according to the subreddit’s estimates.

Between the sale, the rainbow rate increase, and the impending release of Cloud, Nothing024 “went all in,” he wrote on Reddit, making one of his biggest single spends yet in preparation: $3,000. (Lapis is cheaper when bought in bulk, which also prevents players from easily figuring out the real-money cost of each pull.) Again, he attempted to make sense of his spending: “I have my zero interest card at $11K, but I am paying it. I have a way of making it look like I am paying off an old debt to cover if my wife asks where the money went.”

The first step to recovery

Nothing024 wouldn’t get a chance to use that Lapis. After his wife asked to use his credit card, he finally broke down: “I confessed to having a balance of $5600 on my card due to Final Fantasy,” he wrote on Reddit, part of debt totaling $15,800. “I flushed $16,000 down the toilet over a game.” That’s just what was outstanding at the time; he estimates his full spending on Brave Exvius exceeded that, although he isn’t certain by how much.

That’s when Nothing024 first posted his story on the Brave Exvius subreddit, and it quickly spread across Reddit, then across the internet. The players speaking for this article all seemed affected by his story, each acknowledging that they had a similar problem. All of them spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on gacha games, in many cases more than they wanted to think about or more than they could afford.

Crasher tells Polygon, “I do think I have a problem. I think it’s a weakness every human can have if they are in a position I am in.” He says he’s deeply ashamed, though “no one but myself knows how much I have spent. [...] I really hope that it never comes out that they know. It will be embarrassing.”

Even so, he still plays, but says he has things in hand. “I think I have learned enough not to go too far in the deep end,” he says. He has a strategy for how to spend money: “Control your whaling pulls for when it matters as opposed to doing it on every banner. Saving resources is key.”

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When Carlos thinks about his spending on gacha games, he cringes. “Honestly, I don’t know how I even got up to $20K in debt,” he says. He plans to tell his wife about his spending very soon: “I don’t want to destroy my family over my addiction.” He hopes she’ll be able to help him consolidate his debts and limit his access to the family’s credit cards.

Carlos isn’t shy about calling his problem a gambling addiction: “Looking back at it now, I don’t know how I didn’t realize it was gambling,” he says. “It came up to a point where I didn’t see purchasing the $80-$100 [of] in-game currency as actual money.” In hindsight, Carlos says he wishes he had known what he was getting into: “If I realized it was gambling from the start, I wouldn’t have spent a dime. I know I have an addictive personality.” He is outspoken in his opinion that games like Brave Exvius are gambling: “I understand that it may not fit the legal definition of ‘gambling’, but the motivation of people spending money and effects they can cause are similar to loot boxes. [...] People need to stop being hung up [on] the term ‘gambling’ for loot boxes and look more towards the effects.”

Even so, Carlos too still plays Brave Exvius about two to three hours a day, although he doesn’t buy Lapis anymore. He says that when the temptation to spend creeps up, “I look at my $20K debt, give myself a panic attack, then tell myself it’s not worth it.”

Shane, who estimates his spending on gacha games to be around $10,000 or more, also keeps his spending to himself. “None of my friends know about it,” he says. “And I’d rather not really go into it with them.”

He is normally frugal, and can’t explain why spending on Brave Exvius is different. “Why is it so easy for me to drop $500 on a banner, but when it comes to a whole new console so I can play [Monster Hunter], a game I love, then it becomes such a problem? [...] I’ve been wanting to buy myself a new trumpet since I had my old one stolen, but hey I have stupid pixels to buy,” he says. Shane, too, still plays Exvius. “I’m trying to have self control, which isn’t very easy. [...] I’m going to do my best to no longer spend on the game,” he says.

Nothing024 is frank about where things went wrong. “Pulling is a strong addiction,” he wrote on Reddit. “I became a gambling addict over a game where there is no return, no reward, for spending my money.” Above all, he says he regrets hiding everything from his family. “If you think you have a problem, open up to your loved ones as soon as you can. Hiding it from them will cause them to no longer trust you. If they find out by catching you, it will hurt more to them than the money.”

When we last speak with Nothing024, he says he hopes his story will leave an impact on game developers. “I would hope that the creators of these games will see the players as more than [wallets],” he says. “Safeguards such as spending limits that can be set by the user would help, but an upper limit, or a point at which the randomness is eliminated would help people refrain from losing control.”

In the meantime, he’s taking things one day at a time. One of his last posts in the subreddit is in the weekly banner thread for Cloud:

“I didn’t pull... Yay?”

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Final Fantasy 7: 10 Unpopular Opinions According To Reddit

Final Fantasy 7 has been wowing fans since its debut all the way back in 1997, with the game arguably Final Fantasy's most iconic and nostalgic; only helped by the recent remake in 2020.

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For such an iconic game it's unsurprising to learn that as much as it's delighted its both fanbase and critics, it's also garnered contempt. With such an active player base and the next stage of the remake due to drop, a lot of players have headed to Reddit to voice their unpopular opinions, whether that be in its story, overrated characters, or comparison to other less-hyped Final Fantasy titles.

10 Final Fantasy 7 Just Borrowed From 6

Final Fantasy 6 and 7 are often compared due to some subtle similarities. However, Final Fantasy 7 often comes out on top for most players due to its host of great characters, iconic gameplay, and lasting cultural legacy on the gaming industry. FF7 is also viewed as being more groundbreaking due to its graphical jump at the time of release.

At the center, both games have some similar plot points: both Terra and Cloud are brain-washed soldiers with a bad bout of amnesia who end up assisting a group of rebels. However, it's plausible that the creators of FF7 didn't simply steal these ideas, but instead saw the good within 6 and decided to utilize and improve on it with this future title. That is more of a compliment to Final Fantasy 6 than a slight. Let's all just be thankful they swapped Kefka's clown aesthetic for Sephiroth's semi-goth one.

9 Aerith's Death Wasn't That Sad, Actually

Final Fantasy 7 is well known for having some of the darkest moments within the franchise, but some players disagree that Aerith's untimely demise to Sephiroth was its saddest.

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Some Reddit users argue that Tidus' disappearance at the end of FF10 is the franchise's most harrowing, and others contest that Cloud's internal revelation and battle with himself is FF7's most crushing reveal. Despite this, the first time players saw Aerith's death was nonetheless a shock. Losing a party member you'd trained so early in the game was and remains a novel occurrence. It's also one many old fans are not looking forward to reliving in the remake.

8 Tifa Is One-Dimensional

Tifa is one of the party's more popular characters, being one of the first characters Cloud meets and the one to help him to recover his shattered memories towards the end of the game. However, that's not to say Tifa is everyone's cup of tea.

On Reddit, she's sometimes seen as shallow and problematic with fans believing she was only made to fawn over Cloud and remains a regressive depiction of a female character within the gaming industry.

Nevertheless, Tifa's love and overarching compassion are perhaps one of the main driving forces not only for Cloud after Aerith's untimely passing but also for the plot and ultimate success of the party in the final battle against Sephiroth. These traits cement her as perhaps one of the party's most critical members.

7 Genesis Was A Good Addition

Genesis first appeared in FF7's Crisis Core as a SOLDIER born from the Jenova Project. He eventually led a rebellion against Shinra as his body began to degrade from his imperfect infusion of Jenova's cells.

Genesis is not well-liked, with a majority of fans not seeming too excited about his hinted future appearance in the remake after Hojo's comments about G-Type SOLDIER's surfaced to some fan's delight.

Most feel Genesis was only added to the game for his looks and Crisis Core's need for a suitable Sephiroth replacement and antagonist. It seems those excited for his fabled reappearance are therefore in the minority, with most players hoping his corny LOVELESS quotes and cringe-worthy dialogue are left buried on the PSP.

6 Kuja's The Better Villain

Despite a catalog of deplorable villains, it's not surprising that, with the success of Final Fantasy 7, Sephiroth's name more than often pops up as a fan-favorite villain. However, despite being among the franchise's most iconic, you'd be mistaken in thinking he is its most powerful. Final Fantasy IX's Kuja is an eminent sorcerer who desires the power of Eidolons to rule Gaia. Little can compete with his raw power paired with what he amasses.

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In one memorable moment, he's even hit by Bahamut's Mega Flare and walks away unharmed. However, cataloging a villain by one component would be wrong. Despite Sephiroth's power being the weaker of the two, it's his depiction and actions that arguably made him the more terrifying and memorable antagonist of Final Fantasy players. The biggest difference is that Zidane can offer to save Kuja at the end of the game.

5 Birth Of A God > One-Winged Angel

"One-Winged Angel" is Final Fantasy 7's iconic final boss fight against Sephiroth's final form Safer∙Sephiroth. However, not all players agree that One-Winged Angel is the game's best.

Instead, many look to Sephiroth's first form Bizarro∙Sephiroth and the "Birth Of A God" encounter as the game's most memorable and brilliant. Although this is not the game's final fight, it perhaps garnered fan's adoration due to the need for the whole party to take it down as opposed to the normal three party members seen in the finale.

4 Crisis Core Was Only Made For Zack Fans

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 released in 2007 on the PSP. Being the prequel to the events of Final Fantasy 7, it shows fans the story behind Sephiroth, and Zack.

Although being well-reviewed, it didn't stop some fans from believing the whole game was created solely for Zack fans. Some believe that the sad ending and new cast of pretty characters -- Genesis included -- were solely created for selling games than to add anything critical to the FF7 storyline.

3 Chocobo Breeding and Racing Was The Franchise's Best Minigame

Final Fantasy 7 had a ridiculous amount of minigames mostly fuelled by the towering Gold Saucer amusement park. Although Final Fantasy 7 had a plethora of end-game content for players to enjoy, a select few just REALLY seemed to like breeding and racing those big yellow birds.

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With time, players could breed Chocobos to receive rare colors, and even race them for some of the best money-making strategies in-game. If there's one thing all Final Fantasy fans can agree on, however, it's that racing those big birds around that psychedelic track was a whole lot better than Blitzball.

2 Red XIII and Cait Sith Shouldn't Be Playable In The Remake

Red XIII is a long-standing fan-favorite character; the red wolf/lion-like animal was experimented on by Professor Hojo and is one of the last of his kind. Although most fans were upset to hear Red XIII will not be a playable character in the remake, others appeared unmoved.

Some even asked for Cait Sith, the Moogle(?) riding cat, to also be left off the roster. These players seem content not to use RED XIII and Cait Sith and may not have used them in the original. But fans need not worry because, as it stands, being able to play FF7's weirdest party member remains at the moment a real possibility.

1 FF8 Had Better Characters

The comparison between FF7's Cloud and FF8's Leon Squall isn't new, with the two often found amongst fans' favorites. However, some Reddit users argue that the entire cast of characters in FF8 is an improvement over the party of FF7.

It's hard to dispute that FF8 had a great cast of characters with Kiros, Irvine, and Squall among the franchise's most recognizable and well-loved. However, the sheer diversity of both games' parties and their array of powerful and memorable members makes them almost impossible to compare.

Both games have even gone as far as transcending their own titles, with both Leon and Cloud as well as Aerith, Tifa, Seifer, and Sephiroth having reprising roles in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts.

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Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero -Promise-[]

In the days following their awakening from crystal stasis, Menrva keeps a watchful eye on Vanille and Fang as they wander around Cocoon.

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While Lightning and her group are trying to escape the crystallized Lake Bresha, Dysley sends Menrva to check on the l'Cie.

Later, Dysley uses Menrva aboard the Palamecia to turn into his fal'Cie form and provokes the six Pulse l'Cie to fight him. After they defeat Barthandelus, he disappears, Menrva turns into an airship, and takes the l'Cie to the Fifth Ark, where the Cocoon fal'Cie want the l'Cie to improve their abilities to destroy Cocoon.

Menrva later appears in Oerba, when Dysley reveals himself from the guise of Serah Farron and turns into his fal'Cie form and challenges the l'Cie once again. After the fight, he reveals his current plans and events happening on Cocoon and leaves, while Menrva remains and turns into an airship which takes them to Eden.

Its final appearance is when Lightning and the others arrive at the secluded chamber in Orphan's Cradle, where Menrva dives into the pool to complete Orphan's manifestation after Barthandelus is assimilated into the fal'Cie.

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Final Fantasy Fan Recreates World Map Using Tiles from Original FF Game

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A creative fan of the Final Fantasy franchise creates a map of the Earth using assets from the first game in the series.

Believe it or not, adorning walls with world maps from various video games has become a fairly common way to decorate a home. Some of the most popular maps are from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of Final Fantasy. Recently, a fan of the series took that idea and gave it a twist, recreating our own world's map using assets from the first Final Fantasy.

The map was made by Reddit user u/gigioromba, who spent around 200 hours finishing the project. They were able to produce the map placing 48 different 16x16 tiles and using multiple world maps as reference. Because there are no snow tiles in the first game, the colder regions of the world have desert tiles -- Antarctica was nixed as a result. The creator posted the original piece, which has 33177600 pixels and 8K resolution, on Reddit for anyone who wants to use it.

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In other Final Fantasy news, the series' current, popular MMORPG is about to launch its next major bit of content. Ahead of its release Final Fantasy 14 passed a major milestone. Director Naoki Yoshida recently revealed that the game has gained over 24 million players. This tremendous achievement has led to it becoming the most profitable entry in the entire series.

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Once the next expansion, Endwalker, releases, even more players are likely to join the world of Eorzea. The release received a major push due to the pandemic, but now has a firm date of November 23, 2021. The expansion will add an enormous amount of content, which includes two new jobs for players. Now that the embargo on the game's Media Tour has been lifted, content creators have provided in-depth analyses of Endwalker job changes.

As for the future of the franchise, Final Fantasy 16 is currently in development for the PlayStation 5. There are multiple fan theories about the Final Fantasy 16 trailers that have been released so far, but Square Enix has yet to confirm them. Those looking for an update on the title were disappointed to see it absent from Tokyo Game Show this year. However, a livestream from the show did offer one small nugget of information on the progress of the game -- Final Fantasy16's main story is completely written.

The Final Fantasy series continues to grow and change, and the fandom has done much of the same. While fans are always looking to the future of the franchise, they also look fondly at its past, celebrating previous games in the series through artwork and other homages. That's certainly the case with the Final Fantasy-inspired world map. For those who enjoy that particular work, the creator is hoping to keep adding to the piece, inserting original sprites like cities or volcanoes in the future.

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Explaination: Final Fantasy Portal App it's an Android App by Square Enix. This app gathers news from the whole Final Fantasy Universe (Brave Exvius included), being Game-friendly it also has news about Final Fantasy mobile games. To push the App popularity and usage, every month there are rewards and this month rewards are for FF Brave Exvius, by using the app you help gathering points (Like the Raid event) once the community gathers enough points we'll recieve rewards in our InBox.

Rewards:

  • 120.000 points = 45 NRG
  • 600.000 points = x5 Metal Gigantuars
  • 1.200.000 points = x1 Rare Summon Ticket

You gain points daily by using the app (Square Enix account required), viewing news, watching videos, playing the built-in Minigame and enabling the Portal App Notifications.

TL;DR: Use the app, login with it and help getting free stuffs to the whole community.

Edit: learning how to format on Reddit

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