The sequel to Final Fantasy 7 Remake we now know is called Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, is still at least a year away. This long-awaited game will appear on PlayStation 5 next winter. What are Final Fantasy fanatics to do until then? Catch up on Zach Fair, of course!
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was a hit in 2007 for the PSP, and after years of fan clamor, it’s being remade on modern consoles as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion. It’s more than a chance to play a 15-year-old classic, as longtime Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase said it’s part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Project. In other words, Crisis Core’s story is essential to the next two Remake games.
Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming game.
What is the release date of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?
Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is coming out in late 2024. We don’t have a specific date yet, but we do know that it will be on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows.
Is it just a remake?
yes Final Fantasy 7 Remake, true to its name, ended in a way that deviated from the original PlayStation title. In fact, the whole point of the ending of FF7R was to show that what happens in the next two games will be different from what happened in the OG version. Speaking to GameSpot, however, the developers of Crisis Core confirmed this not a single plot element from the PSP game will be changed.
“The story of Crisis Core Reunion will actually be a very faithful retelling of the original story, so there is no additional story content,” said Mariko Sato, one of the game’s producers.
But the development team does more than make Crisis Core shine. All dialogue will be voiced and there will be changes to gameplay and combat – probably a good thing considering the age of the game.
Why is the Crisis Core remake a big deal?
There are three reasons why you should care about Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion. The first is the simplest: it’s a great game, especially if you’re a fan of FF7. It’s a long RPG that takes players through the cities and regions they first experienced when Cloud was just a handful of purple and yellow polygons. It gives depth to characters that were on the fringes of Final Fantasy 7, and shows a world before a certain soldier became a planet-killing maniac.
Second, Square Enix has been unusually coy about bringing the game to new consoles. While the company has ported PS2-era games like Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts to every console imaginable, Crisis Core has yet to receive any remastering. This is unusual because it’s not like it wasn’t popular: over 2 million copies of the game were sold. Still, until Reunion, you had to have a PSP on hand to play Crisis Core.
Finally, Zack’s story seems crucial to the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Why should we know about Zac Phair?
This section contains spoilers for Final Fantasy 7, Remake and Crisis Core.
In 1997’s Final Fantasy 7, Zach Fair was only seen in flashback scenes. Anyone who’s played that game knows that Zack was Cloud’s mentor and saved his life – but that he was shot by the Shinra militia before the events of Final Fantasy 7. This is part of the reason why 2007’s Crisis Core is so memorable. It made you care more about Zack and his relationships with other characters, making his inevitable fate all the more devastating.
But the ending of Final Fantasy 7 Remake saw Cloud and the gang defeat the “arbiters of fate”. You can read a full explanation of what it means here — but the short story is that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy takes place in another dimension, and the enigmatic “arbiters of fate” creatures are responsible for making all the events play out in that dimension, as it was in the 1997 original. are killed, however, there is nothing to keep the chronology in tact. Aerith’s death, Cloud’s amnesia, Sephiroth’s final defeat: none of this is guaranteed anymore.
Perhaps most importantly, the fate of one Zach Phair remains unknown. At the end of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, we see Zack recovering from the attack by the Shinra militia, which in other dimensions ended his story. At the end of Final Fantasy 7 Intergrade, a DLC pack featuring Yuffie, Zack breaks into Sector 7’s church to find Aerith, a past flame, only to find her gone. So we know Zack is alive, even though it’s not clear what dimension he’s in.