In honor of the beloved RPG’s 25th anniversary, Square Enix held a special livestream in which they revealed news related to Final Fantasy VII, including a remake of its previously-PSP exclusive prequel title and the game’s second entry in the remake series. was involved.
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The company opened its June 16 presentation with the announcement that, just a year after it was announced as Epic Games Store, Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade will officially be headed to Steam.
Along with graphical enhancements to the original remake and the introduction of ‘Classic Mode’ difficulty, this intermittent title most notably introduces a short side campaign featuring the infamous Wutai ninja Yufi Kisuragi.
Not only is the Steam Deck-verified title now available on the digital storefront, but in celebration of its launch, Intergrade will be available for 29% off until June 23.
After a brief look at some new merchandise, including a Buster Sword digital clock, a Cloud Strife Static Arts statue, a replica Shinra ring filled with two Materia slots, a special compilation vinyl and a new arrangement CD, Square Enix’s next big focus was mobile games. .
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier’s Season 3 update was the first, which adds a new map, Serpent Launcher weapon, Water Materia, and Machinist fighting styles.
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Then came a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, an upcoming episodic mobile game that aims to completely retell the story of the series, from Before Crisis and Crisis Core to Advent Children and even Derge. Off Cerberus.
The official website states that the game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases, and in the trailer the characters can be seen wearing a variety of costumes in a variety of costumes. Closed beta test is expected this year on Android and iOS.
While it looked like the series’ prequel titles would be run for references and mobile games only, Square Enix surprised audiences with the announcement of a Crysis Core—Final Fantasy VII—reunion.
Originally a PSP-exclusive, the 2007 title tells the story of Jack Fair, a first-class soldier with whom Aerith eventually falls in love and whose identity Claude later discovers in her own right as she rebels against Shinra. is sent to. Fellow SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos.
Featuring a slot machine battle system and caliber materia, this action RPG remastered will be released this winter for PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Will launch on S.
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After this brief look at Jack’s past, Square Enix has revealed its final and biggest of the entire presentation: the second part of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
The title Rebirth, the second title in the series, would be picked up after both Claude and Crew’s escape from Midgard, as well as their seemingly defeat of Whispers of Fate that changed the timeline.
Unsurprisingly, this unexpected future raises more questions than answers given in the first trailer for Rebirth, as players are treated to images of Sephiroth walking peacefully with Cloud, of characters believed to be dead. Let’s talk (and not what you’d think), and – as seen at the end of the remake – this timeline’s Jack is carrying a wounded Cloud back to Midgard after the final battle of Crisis Corps.
Rebirth for PlayStation 5 is set to launch next winter.
Following the much-anticipated reveal, Final Fantasy brand manager and VII series executive producer Yoshinori Kitase – also known as the director of the original FFVII – explained that, while at what time or another it would take the series to remake several games. Rumor had it, there would eventually be three titles making up the entire experience – Remake, Rebirth, and an unannounced third game.
In a press release, Kitase detailed the development of the title, explaining the length of time to come between the remake – which launched on April 2020 – and the rebirth.
“Three years may seem like a long time for all the fans who are eagerly waiting for the next game,” he said, “but we want to provide the best experience and assure everyone that the development Moving forward at an astonishingly fast pace. Massive HD titles.”
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He continued, “Making the middle part of a trilogy has its challenges, but there are many classic second installments in the film world that are defined by surprising story twists and deep exploration of their characters.”
“Often this second installment becomes a fan favorite,” Kitase insisted. “Similarly, we’re aiming to make Final Fantasy VII Rebirth an even more enjoyable and memorable experience than Final Fantasy VII Remake, so please wait a while until it’s finished.”
Reincarnation director Naoki Hamaguchi further explained that “The Final Fantasy VII Remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is much more than just an installment in the series.”
“We are developing this with all the passion and dedication needed to make an original game and plan to deliver the ultimate gameplay and world building experience,” he stressed. “Trust me, it will be worth the wait!”
Meanwhile, the remake series’ creative director and original FFVII artist Tetsuya Nomura assured players that, “although each of the four titles plays a different role, they all feature high-quality depictions of Final Fantasy VII’s world and characters.” connected through the medium.
“As someone who was involved in the development of each of the original titles, I deeply understand the vision and ideas behind each project, and I am actively involved in the development process for all four titles, ‘ he told the fans.
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Nomura continued, “Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy the game, whether they know the original game or not.” “In fact, even new players can enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Reborn.”
“Claude and his friends begin a new journey in this game, and I believe the scenes they see after they leave Midgar will give players a whole new, new experience,” he teased again. “I can’t wait to share the intention behind naming the first title, ‘Remake,’ and the second title, ‘Rebirth.’ Over time, I look forward to revealing what the third title will be called, And where will this journey eventually lead.
“Evolution of Final Fantasy VII Reborn has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure,” Nomura revealed. “A title of this scale in which everything is intertwined even before production begins is rare indeed. In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I have started work on the development myself and the series I am working towards completing it.”
In the end, Nomura promised, “We’ll work to bring this title to fans with the same enthusiasm until we get to the finish line. In the meantime, please enjoy the other 25th anniversary projects that are part of Final Fantasy VII.” expands the world further.”
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