Released in 1997, it is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series.
Published in Japan by Square, it was released in the West by Sony Computer Entertainment, becoming the first in the series to be released in Europe.
Because of their popularity some of the characters also appeared in other Square-Enix game titles.
For example Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Sephiroth, Yuffie Kisaragi, Vincent Valentine and Zack Fair are playable character in Playstation fighting game Ehrgeiz (also the boss Django resembles Red XIII), Cloud, Aerith Gainsborough, Tifa, Yuffie, Sephiroth, Cid Highwind and Zack also appear in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, and Cloud, Tifa and Aerith appear in the Dissida: Final Fantasy game series.
He is a childhood friend of Noctis and wields firearms.The games also have a range of very popular side characters like the Turks, a group serving Shinra, the young company president Rufus Shinra and Marlene, the daughter of Barret Wallace.Het, slash, and femslash ships can all be found within the FF7 fandom.Depending on certain choices the player has made in the game up to this point, one of four characters will knock on Cloud's door late at night and ask him out on a date, where they walk around the park, take part in a theatrical performance (which is always hilarious), and go on a romantic gondola ride during a fireworks show.Obviously, the two main options for date night are Tifa and Aeris, but it's also possible to go on a date with Yuffie and, surprisingly, even Barret.