“Embrace your dreams. And, whatever happens, protect your honor as SOLDIER.” These phrases are maybe probably the most formative a part of Cloud’s persona in Final Fantasy VII, and the Remake as effectively. Spoken to him by Zack on the finish of the unique Crisis Core, the story of this first-class SOLDIER was unjustly locked to the PSP for generations. Unlike another media surrounding the unique sport, Crisis Core provides a ton of necessary context to the complete story of Cloud, and appears to be much more necessary transferring ahead within the new trilogy based mostly on an enormous change revealed on the conclusion of Remake.
Thankfully, you received’t need to dig out or purchase a dusty previous PSP to take a look at this wonderful title since Square Enix revealed that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, a full remake of the sport, is on its option to your trendy system. This sport is the right factor to carry you over till Final Fantasy VII Rebirth arrives someday in late 2023 or early 2024, however don’t count on it to be precisely like these video games. If you by no means performed the PSP authentic, right here’s every part you must learn about Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion might be arriving, in Square Enix’s personal phrases, “this winter.” That might mainly be anytime from late October 2022 to February or March 2023 relying on how free their definition of winter is. We count on this launch window to shrink right down to a particular date earlier than lengthy, nevertheless, so maintain checking again for updates.
Unlike the unique Crisis Core, and even Remake and Rebirth, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion won’t be unique to a single platform. In truth, this can be the Final Fantasy sport launching on probably the most platforms of any title. You can decide it up for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC when it launches.
The announcement trailer for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion was proven off throughout a jam-packed anniversary occasion for the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. While there have been some leaks, this was nonetheless a significant shock for many.
The trailer opens with probably the most iconic and memorable second of the sport, which is the setup for the ultimate mission of the unique. Zack stands off in opposition to a military of Shinra troopers exclaiming that “the price of freedom is steep.” It isn’t very important, however we did discover that Zack’s strains have all been re-recorded with the brand new actor who performed him in Remake for consistency.
Cutting to a mission, Zack is attacked on the prepare station in Midgar, and we get a have a look at the sport in motion for a bit earlier than being reintroduced to Genesis, the villain of the sport, who has gone lacking. We additionally meet Angeal, Zack’s mentor and authentic proprietor of the Buster Sword. Zack and Sephiroth additionally discuss Genesis, who we additionally see. Another enjoyable truth, Genesis is modeled after Japanese rock star and actor Gackt, who additionally voices the character within the Japanese dub. It was by no means confirmed, however typically suspected, that the explanation Crisis Core might by no means be ported earlier than was due to authorized rights regarding Gackt’s likeness.
Later on we see Zack and Aerith’s first assembly within the Sector 5 church, plus hear Zack’s dream to turn into a hero. When we in the reduction of to the primary shot, Zack attracts his sword and delivers the road, “Embrace your dreams. And, whatever happens, protect your honor as SOLDIER!” earlier than charging into battle.
While you might clearly go and spoil your self on the complete plot of Crisis Core, right here’s a extra delicate overview of the occasions. However, keep in mind that we already know the conclusion of the sport might be modified, whether it is meant to line up with Remake like we suspect, so there might very effectively be different story adjustments as effectively. We additionally know that, in contrast to the unique, the complete sport will characteristic voice appearing now.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is ready seven years earlier than the occasions of Final Fantasy VII and focuses on Zack Fair, a candidate for Shinra’s SOLDIER program that Sephiroth remains to be part of right now. This is through the conflict between Shinra and Wutai hinted at in Final Fantasy VII and Remake, however Zack’s primary cost is to seek out Genesis, one other first-class SOLDIER like Sephiroth, who has defected from Shinra and is creating clones of himself to assault Shinra. Along the way in which he can even meet a sure spiky-haired infantryman named Cloud whom he’ll bond with on a mission to Nibelheim.
The gameplay proven off for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion appears very a lot consistent with how the unique performed, although with some trendy updates corresponding to character and digital camera controls. If you’ve by no means performed the unique, some points of the sport seemingly look quite complicated. Here’s a easy breakdown of what to anticipate.
This is an motion RPG, so motion and assaults will all be taking place in actual time, similar to Remake. You have fundamental sword combos, a shortcut menu to make use of your skills and Materia, dodge rolls, blocks and, most notably, the Digital Mind Wave.
Called the DMW for brief, that is the roulette-looking set of icons on the higher proper of the display. This is the closest factor to Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII, however clearly features fairly in a different way and can lead to many alternative outcomes. Each of the three slots spin till they cease on a personality portrait together with a quantity, the mix of which determines what you get. It prices 10 SP (SOLDIER Points) to spin. The left portrait stops first, adopted by the far proper. If the 2 portraits match, a Limit Verge begins and pauses the motion for the ultimate spin. Sometimes this triggers a flashback associated to whichever character portrait has been matched, however lastly the middle reel will cease. If all three match, Zack will restore his HP, MP, and AP, probably going above his present caps for these stats. He can even unlock a Limit Break to make use of throughout that battle.
If the 2 first spins don’t match, then the middle reel will cease like regular, adopted by the numbers. Without matching portraits, the bonus you get is totally decided by the numbers, which will be quite a few issues corresponding to momentary invincibility, all vital assaults, no MP value for the remainder of battle, and so forth.
There can also be a deep emotion system tied to the DMW, which adjustments based mostly on story and character relationships, however that’s higher left found as you play.
Because the unique was a transportable title, the sport follows a mission-based construction. Zack will tackle smaller missions in numerous places, alongside the principle story missions clearly, the place you possibly can stage up, earn cash, gadgets, and Materia. Now that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion might be on consoles, this would possibly really feel slightly misplaced, but when the loading occasions are brief sufficient, or non-existent, it received’t be too jarring.
No query about it, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is all single participant all day. The authentic didn’t have it, and this one received’t both.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion remains to be in a nebulous launch window of winter, however that season isn’t too far off. Once we get particulars of the ultimate launch date and the pre-order scenario is defined, we’ll lay all of it out right here for you.