Mobile game Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia has announced it will be ending its service on February 29, 2024 (UTC). Yes, the same day Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is released. This is the first and likely the last mobile game that I thoroughly enjoy playing from its launch date, as I generally find myself uninstalling mobile games after a couple of months. For a passionate Final Fantasy fan like me, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia hit all the right notes as an ideal mobile game. It didn’t take up too much of your time, there wasn’t any unnecessary mindless farming, and the game never felt predatory. It is by far one of the most free-to-play-friendly games, which is probably a very good reason why it’s ending its service after six years. Still, I’d say that’s a pretty good run for a game that grew to have one of the most helpful and least toxic communities in the mobile gaming space.
Fans who have been playing since day one are understandably saddened by the news, as am I. There was a lot of charm in some of the stories being told in Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, especially if you are a fan of the series. Seeing Papalymo and Yda reunited isn’t something I expected to see in a mobile game, but moments like those is what made the game special. Gameplay in the earlier eras, especially Chaos, was strategic, challenging, and fun. I do agree with the sentiment that the game got less fun to play in the Shinryu era.
There will be some events leading up to the end of service, including more Dare to Defies so everyone can enjoy their entire roster. I’m sure many are like me, sitting on nearly one million gems, and will now start pulling freely and upgrading all their characters with stockpiled materials. Probably the saddest news of it all? We never even got Rikku.
A heartfelt thanks to Joshua and the entire DFFOO community like Tonberry Troupe for making this game an absolute joy over the years. I honestly don’t think another mobile game will ever interest me in the same way that Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia managed to do for (what will be) six years.