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Square Enix has announced a surprise remaster of former PSP-exclusive FF7 prequel title Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII – Reunion.
The company confirmed the project during the Final Fantasy 25th anniversary broadcast. It’s one of several Final Fantasy VII related projects in the works, including Rebirth which we heard about earlier. This one will be with us sooner mind, with an aim to release this Winter.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Crisis Core originally released in 2007 and is set before the main story of FF7. Rather than follow Cloud, however, you’ll be playing as Zack Fair. He’s a 1st Class SOLIDER member, who has a mission to find the missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos. Along the way, he crosses paths with many familiar faces, including Cloud, Aerith, Tifa and ol’ Sephiroth himself.
It’s not quite clear if the story will be exactly how it was in the original, or if there’ll be some twists ala Final Fantasy VII Remake. The game does appear to be lifting its visual style from said Remake, however. The more eagle-eyed of you may have also spotted what appears to be Zack in Rebirth‘s trailer. We’ll have to wait and see how this all fits together.
Perhaps most intriguingly, the Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII – Reunion release won’t be a console exclusive. In fact, the game will launch on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this Winter. Whether this means Xbox and Nintendo Switch owners will get some way to fill in any FF7 story blanks with the Remake is still up in the air, we suppose.
Either way, we really enjoyed the original Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII release on PSP as you can read from our review here. In the meantime, check out the Reunion version’s trailer below.