15The Shinra Legacy
One of the major antagonistic elements in Final Fantasy VII was the Shin-Ra electrical company. Shin-Ra was a mega-corporation that obtained military power over the world by controlling the world's energy supply by converting the Lifestream of the planet into Mako energy. The company was run and controlled by President
In Final Fantasy X-2 there is young Al-Bhed boy-genius named Shinra, who when approached, triggers a cutscene where he says the following;
"Farplane data. The more I study it, the more fascinating it gets. There's limitless energy swirling around in there.... The life force that flows through our planet... I think. With a little work, we could probably extract the energy in a usable form."
Shinra also states that such work would take generations to perfect, leading to the belief that the young Shinra is the ancestor of the Shinra's found in Final Fantasy VII. Further confirmation for the connection was found in the official Ultimania Omega for Final Fantasy X-2, when scenario writer Kazushige Nojima states;
"After quitting the Gullwings, Shinra received enormous financial support from Rin, and began trying to use Vegnagun to siphon Mako Energy from the Farplane. But, he is unable to complete the system for utilizing this energy in his generation, and in the future, when traveling to distant planets becomes possible, the Shin-Ra Company is founded on another world, or something like that....... That would happen about 1000 years after this story, I think."
Finally, Nojima officially confirms that the Final Fantasy X-2 timeline is set around a thousand years before the events of Final Fantasy VII albeit on a different planet.