Perhaps the last part of the long compilation of Final Fantasy 7which follows the odd naming convention of THAT for Advent children, BC for Before the crisis, CC for crisis core, and CC for Dirge of Cerberus, do it FFinal Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis (THIS), is more what you would expect from a true remake of the original game. Contrary to Remake, this account of events is more complete and faithful, at least in terms of the original game, than what we had before. Apart from the new trilogy, this title is intended to bring together all the elements of the compilation in a single package.
Remake was many people’s first glimpse of the world and characters Final Fantasy 7 and inspired many to go back and see what the original was all about. Turns out there’s a lot to go back and catch up on, some of which, like Before Crisisare not even available in the west. Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis aims to give those who want the full Final Fantasy 7 experience a better understanding of Remake and suites in one convenient package. Get ready for plenty of turn-based action combat as we break down everything we know about Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis.
When Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis was first revealed, we only knew it would be released sometime in 2022, but the latest news is that there will also be a closed beta test sometime in 2022. Neither others do not yet have a concrete date.
It should also be noted that Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis will come out periodically. We don’t know how many parts it will be released in, although Square Enix says each chapter will be released on a monthly schedule – so just know that it will be an ongoing project to watch.
Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis will be exclusively a mobile title, meaning you’ll need an Android or iOS device. As of now, Square Enix hasn’t shared any plans to port the game to another platform, but we can always hope they will once everything is released.
The game will be free to play, but will naturally feature in-app purchases of some sort. We don’t know what they are yet, but hopefully they aren’t as predatory as many other major franchise mobile games.
A trailer for Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis was featured during the series’ 25th anniversary celebration which opens with the phrase “Another possibility for a remake”.
The trailer opens with a few scenes jumping between the different games Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis will cover, mostly showing Zack from crisis core and Cloud from the original title. We get a good look at the game’s new art style, which falls somewhere between the blocky-chibi take on the original Final Fantasy 7 models and their more detailed combat models. There are also anime-style portraits of each character that appear during dialogue.
However, just like in the original, during combat the game can increase the quality to nearly Remake levels of detail and character effects.
The trailer continues to show snippets of other key moments from crisis core and the original, heavily featuring Sephiroth and also intercutting his iconic scene in the Nibelheim fires with either a new character with short silver hair or perhaps another version of Spehiroth himself. We know this game will be adding new scenarios, which means it could possibly hint at one where we see a younger Sephiroth.
All in all, the trailer doesn’t really need to tease the story much since most people will know at least part of it. However, the trailer only shows sections of crisis core and the first parts of Final Fantasy 7. We know that the point of Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis is to tell the entire compilation of the series in chronological order, so showing those early games makes sense, but technically speaking, Before the crisis is the compilation’s first game in the timeline, and we haven’t seen anything that appears to be from that game. Barrett and the others do not join, although they do make appearances.
The next step would be crisis core, follow Zack on his quest to become a hero in the Soldier program. The main antagonist of this game, who could very possibly be important in the future of this game or the Remake trilogy, is Genesis, another Private First Class also created under the Jenova Project as Sephiroth. Unlike Sephiroth, Genesis is a G-type soldier, referring to his mother Gillian, while Sephiroth’s mother was Lucrecia. Of course, we will also have the remake of this game which will certainly change the events, especially the ending.
This game leads directly to Final Fantasy 7, which we don’t want to spoil here.
Follow chronologically Final Fantasy 7 is the movie Advent children, which will be translated into the game for the first time. This movie focuses on the fallout of everything from the first game, with Cloud and many people suffering from a new disease called geostigma as a result of Sephiroth’s lifestream corruption. Three new antagonists, fragments of Sephiroth, appear, attempting to find Jenova’s head and remake Sephiroth.
Finally, the last game in the timeline is often forgotten (for good reason) Dirge of Cerberus. This game puts you in control of Vincent, an optional party member of Final Fantasy 7 and ancient Turk. This game is a third person shooter and centers on Vincent facing off against a new group of soldiers who call themselves Deepground. They intend to summon the latest weapon called Omega to wipe out all life on the planet.
From the start, Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis appears to be a much more faithful gameplay remake of the original game. We see movement on the maps in that previously mentioned chibi style, with mostly fixed camera angles that occasionally pan as you move through the environments, just like the original. You’ll talk to characters, and while the UI is updated, the text and choices all look identical to Final Fantasy 7.
Once in battle, the character models switch to next-gen for the active-time combat system which also appears to be just a tweaked version of what the classic PlayStation 1 had. We see groups of up to three characters with HP and MP bars, as well as the ATB gauge dictating who can act and when. However, unlike the original and more like Remake, the ATB bar is not a single bar that you wait to fill completely before doing an action. Instead, it’s split into segments, with different magics and abilities costing different amounts.
In the footage we’ve seen, there are seven bars filling up, with abilities like Armor Break for Cloud costing two bars and Curaga costing one for Aerith.
Apart from the main story, there will also be additional dungeons and encounters to tackle while waiting for new chapters to be released. These challenges can be completed with any character the player desires, including teams of characters who could never interact before from different titles and eras.
On top of that, we saw a ton of new outfits and weapons for characters that we haven’t seen before. This is likely related to in-app purchases, unfortunately, rather than rewards or items you can purchase in-game itself. It has already been reported that Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis will contain loot boxes in 2021. Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura said“The monetized item is basically loot boxes containing random weapons. Some of the special weapons also come as a set that includes new costumes that weren’t in the original games, adding a new way to enjoy the story you’ve never seen before.
We don’t know if you can get loot boxes using any method other than real money or how much they will cost if not. Again, we can only hope they aren’t as predatory as most loot boxes and that they don’t put players at a disadvantage if the weapons mentioned are actually more powerful than anything you can get. while playing normally.
Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis going to be completely solo. That should come as no surprise considering it’s based on a series of single-player games, plus it’s a mobile title.
Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis is launching as a free-to-play title on mobile devices, so there’s no need to pre-order. Each chapter will also be released for free, so all you have to do is log back in to continue the story every month or so. Once we know when it launches, we’ll let you know about that as well.