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Final Fantasy VII: Four Announcements On One bundle [VIDEO]

Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 is coming; Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is getting a remaster; Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is going into closed beta, and Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is getting a Steam/Steam Deck release.

 

Final Fantasy VII Remake will consist of three games. The first has been available for years, while the second part is called Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. It’s coming to PlayStation 5 in the winter, presumably with timed exclusivity. There won’t be a PlayStation 4 version, despite what has been said. According to Tetsuya Nomura, creative director of the Final Fantasy VII Remake series, “As revealed on the broadcast, four Final Fantasy VII projects are currently being developed in parallel. Although each of the four titles plays a different role, they are all connected through the high-quality depictions of Final Fantasy VII’s world and characters. As someone involved with developing every one of the original titles, I deeply understand the vision and thoughts behind each project, and I am actively involved in the development process for all four titles.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not. New players might enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Cloud and his friends embark on a new journey in this game, and I believe that the scenes they witness after leaving Midgar will give players a fresh, unique experience. I can’t wait to share the intention behind naming the first title, ‘Remake,’ and the second title, ‘Rebirth.’ In time, I hope to reveal what the third title will be called and where this journey will ultimately lead.

The development of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure. A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production began is scarce. Some development has already begun on the third title. I have started on the development and am working towards completing the series. We will work to deliver this title to fans with the same amount of enthusiasm from now until we reach the finish line. In the meantime, please enjoy the other 25th anniversary projects that further expand the world of Final Fantasy VII.”

Naoki Hamaguchi, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s director, said: “I am delighted that we can announce Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and I feel a strong sense of duty to deliver the ultimate Final Fantasy VII experience to all the fans eagerly awaiting this game. The development has already entered full production, and the team is highly motivated to put everything together on the project and work to create a finished game. The Final Fantasy VII remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is much more than just one instalment in the series. We are developing it with the passion and dedication needed to create an original game and plan to deliver the ultimate gameplay and world-building experience. Trust me. It will be worth the wait!”

And Yoshinori Kitase, Final Fantasy VII Remake series’ producer and director of the original game, added: “We have officially announced that the second title Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, will be released next winter, approximately three years after the original Final Fantasy VII Remake released in April 2020. Three years may feel like a long time for all the fans eagerly awaiting the next game. Still, we want to offer the best experience possible and reassure everyone that development is proceeding at an astonishingly fast pace for such a large-scale HD title. Making the middle part of a trilogy has its challenges. Still, plenty of classic second instalments in the world of film are defined by stunning story twists and deeper explorations of their characters. Often these second instalments become a favourite amongst the fans. Similarly, we aim to make Final Fantasy VII Rebirth an even more gripping and memorable experience than Final Fantasy VII Remake, so please wait a little longer while we finish up.”

Also worth mentioning is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, a remaster of the PSP game coming this winter to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam, almost certainly with Denuvo), PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. There will be all-new 3D models, full sync, system optimization, remastered backgrounds and user interface (which received further optimization), some things (presumably cutscenes) will be skippable, and the background music will be rearranged.

According to Square Enix, “The new game is a full remaster of the PlayStation Portable exclusive Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, originally launched in 2007. That game quickly won acclaim thanks to innovative gameplay, likeable characters and an impactful narrative that added even more detail and richness to the world of Final Fantasy VII. Now it’s coming back in a new and improved form. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a true remaster that follows the original narrative: Zack Fair’s mission to find the missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos. It features multiple improvements from the original game – for example, the graphics have been converted to HD, with all the 3D models, from the characters to everything else, fully refreshed. The dialogue is now fully voice-acted, and there’s a new arrangement for the soundtrack! Long-time Final Fantasy VII fans will require no introduction to the invaluable Mr Fair. Still, newer players may be wondering: who’s this black-haired fellow—and why is he holding such a familiar sword?” The Japanese voice cast is as follows: Zack Fair (voiced by Kenichi Suzumura); Angeal Hewley (voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue); Genesis (voiced by GACKT); Sephiroth (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa); Aerith Gainsborough (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto).

Square Enix will hold a closed beta of Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, the episodic single-player game for iOS and Android, later this year. In the game, you’ll get to experience the world of FF7 and its interconnected stories, including the title. Finally, the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (the first part of the trilogy and the Intermission DLC starring Yuffie), launched on the Epic Games Store on December 16, is also available on Steam starting today, June 17. The Steam Deck also supports it.

Source: Gematsu, Gematsu, Gematsu, Gematsu

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