Serious question that I've always wondered:
Back in 1997, were people confused about how the series jumped from III to VII? How did it go down? Did Square do interviews with magazines to disclose information on how II was IV, III was VI, and at that point we hadn't seen any of the other games?
Anyone who wasn't oblivious to this stuff(I was like 8 at the time, couldn't give a shit about this crap) know anything about this?
all i knew was that the game was getting great reviews and all my friends were playing it. I didnt understand that FF's werent connected until i bought 8 and didnt see any of the same characters.
I was 9 when this was released.
The Official Playstation Magazine actually explained the whole series in one of their monthly issues including plots and the localisation changes, was very informative and i felt smart as fuck telling everyone at school how the series came about.
There really wasn't much confusion, most people had never heard of Final Fantasy and so didn't care. Those who had were already largely aware of the fact that 3 was really 6, and that 5 hadn't been released in the US thanks to the still new NES/SNES emulation at the time.
There was also a pair of collected versions shipped for the PSX that had the older games with their proper numbers.
i had never heard of final fantasy before so didnt really care. FF games on SNES were super fucking obscure and niche, FF7 was the opposite: massive ad campaign, AAA title. For a long time the two main franchises were EA sports and Final Fantasy but ONLY after VII
There were TV ads for Final Fantasy 3/6, but it didn't have the marketing blitz that 7 got possibly simply because taking the FMV and putting it on TV was way cheaper than producing original content for the ad.
By the time VII came out people who were into the franchise knew about the numbering shenanigans from magazines and even early internet forums etc. and also were pissed that we only had half of the Final Fantasys over here.
the other 3 were gameboy games, duh
As someone who is 31 and remembers this:
We knew that we didn't get all the Final Fantasy games over here. I learned about it from a magazine, other people had internet and could discuss it. I was the first kid to have internet access in my school (dial-up muthafugga) and was largely unaware of internet forums, as I mostly used it for hentai and playing multiplayer.
This is wrong, FFVI was hugely advertised and was hellishly expensive at the time. I still remember the moogle advertisements in magazines. I don't remember FFIV advertisements, though, I was too young.