Interdimensional Rift

The Interdimensional Rift (次元の狭間 [jigen no hazama] or 'space between dimensions' in Japanese) is a dimension that fills up the spaces between the physical worlds/universes and the Void, as well as the spaces between the various dimensions of the physical worlds/universes. It has appeared multiple times within the Final Fantasy series, although it bears noting that in some appearances there are translation issues, especially with conflating the Rift with the Void. These two are not the same thing.

This page presents those cases where the Interdimensional Rift has truly been present, whether the English translation acknowledges that or not. There is also the Void Beyond, as it was translated in the English version, that is conceptually very similar to the Rift - and has nothing to do with the Void.

Final Fantasy I/Dissidia

The Interdimensional Rift is where 'World B' is located. World B, present in the Dissidia series, is basically an incomplete reflection of World A that is present in Final Fantasy I. The involvement of the two starts when residents of World A either find or create a hole in the fabric of reality, and manage to extract a crystal ore from whatever was behind that tear. It is not mentioned explicitly where that tear led, although considering that the crystal ore present in World B seems to be extracted via a door to the Void, it would be reasonable to suggest that the tear in World A led to the Void as well.

Whatever the case, with the crystal ore the residents of World A eventually constructed a lifeform, and then another that resembles its human foster mother. Both end up in World B in the Interdimensional Rift, along with the creature's real foster father. This leads to the chain of events that creates the time loop in World A present in FF1, and the chain of battles in World B present in the Dissidia series. During the chain of battles, World B is unstable and reflects portions of other worlds where the warriors employed by the creature and the copy of his foster mother - now called Chaos and Cosmos - are taken from. This adequately reflects the not-quite-real status of World B itself.

In the end, after the cycle of battles is over, World B collapses back into the general hodgepodge that is the Interdimensional Rift.

Errata
One mention of the Rift in Dissidia Duodecim creates some confusion in the English translation. However, the Rift mentioned in the story is actually a 次元の扉 [jigen no tobira], or 'dimensional door', not the Rift itself as it is in the wider series. The particular dimensional door mentioned in the story appears to have led to the Void. Another error in the Dissidia series is mentioning Shinryu, Omega and Gilgamesh as travelers of the Void, when in fact the Japanese version is clear that they are travelers of the Interdimensional Rift. These two are not the same thing.

Final Fantasy V

The first appearance of the Interdimensional Rift happens in FF5. There, the nature of the Rift is first explained as the space between dimensions. It should be noted that it isn't exclusively the space between the two dimensions of the world when they were separated as the Rift itself is accessed late in the game when the worlds have already been reunited. The protagonists must traverse deep into the Rift to find Exdeath, who has entered to take control of the power of the Void.

It bears noting that the deepest portion of the Rift is often thought to be the Void itself. However, there is no concrete evidence to point at to support this, it may simply be an area of the Rift that is close to the Void, and thus where the power of the Void can easily be drawn upon. At the ending, there is also seen another area that seems to be deeper still than the final accessible area. In that very last area there is no ground at all, only blackness and stars, and the protagonists remark that they can see the Void. Yet again, there is no actual proof that this is the Void in actuality, it may or may not be just another border area.

Final Fantasy XI

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Final Fantasy XIV

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Final Fantasy Dimensions

The word Interdimensional Rift or the Rift are not mentioned in the English translation. However, they are present in the original Japanese of the game, they have just been translated as 'the Void'. All areas labeled 'Void' are in fact in the Interdimensional Rift. The Rift is extensively traveled in the last stages of the game.

There is also something present in the game called 'Rended Void'. These areas are actually 次元のほころび [jigen no hokorobi], or 'dimensional seam', and have just as little to do with the Void as the other mentions of the Void in the game do. They are simple dimensional distortions that lead to a space between dimensions, and as such are likely also part of the Rift.

Brave Exvius

The Interdimensional Rift is known as the Dimensional Vortex in the English translation of the game. Nevertheless, these two are the same thing. The Rift is a place where various small bubbles of land appear on which various (mostly strong) monsters tread. In game function, these are the daily Desires dungeons that yield increased rewards for such things as magicite or gil, depending on which dungeon you pick to unlock, as well as the Trials which yield one-time rewards of some of the strongest equipment in the game.

Close by to the Rift, and perhaps within it on an enclosed pane, is the Farplane where the moogles live. It bears noting that the background and the ground in the Farplane looks the exact same as the background and ground in all but the most specialized of the Rift dungeons. This does strongly suggest it is the same place. The Farplane is described as a place to which fragments and stories of other worlds drift to, which makes it just the same function-wise as the Interdimensional Rift in the wider series.


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