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Friday, June 17th, 2022
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 12:45 PM EST

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Crisis Core Reunion announced on 25th Anniversary stream!

Last night Square held a Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration stream where they announced many new FFVII projects. You can watch the whole thing over on YouTube.

The first announcement was Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade coming to Steam. Previously an Epic Games Store exclusive, the game is out now and is currently discounted by 29%. It is also Steam Deck compatible.

Next up they announced a bunch of merchandise, including a buster sword digital clock, new Play Arts Kai figures, new jewelry and a new arrangement CD, which are available to pre-order from the Square Enix Store.

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier followed, where they showed Season 3 "Highway Star" which includes a new map on Midgar Plateside, new weapons including the serpent launcher, new water materia and a new style, the machinist.

We then moved on to Ever Crisis, the episodic mobile game which retells the entire timeline of Final Fantasy VII. The new trailer included scenes from Crisis Core and the original Final Fantasy VII, including meeting Aerith at the church, President Shinra at the mako reactor, Reno destroying the sector seven plate and the Nibelheim flash back. The game is also expected to cover Advent Children, Before Crisis and Dirge of Cerberus. Ever Crisis will have a closed beta test in 2022 on iOS and Android and will be free to play with in-app purchases.

The stream then announced Crisis Core Reunion, a remaster of the PSP game for PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, XBox Series X|S, Xbox One and Steam this winter. A translation of the official website by @aitaikimochi promises HD graphics, new 3D models, fully voiced, newly arranged songs and that it will be "something greater than just a mere HD Remaster".

Finally, a first look of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth was shown, the second part of the Remake series. The video showed in enginge footage of the Nibelheim flash back and the scene where Zack carries Cloud back to Midgar. Rebirth will release next winter for the PS5.

At the end of the stream they also confirmed for the first time that the Remake series will be in three parts, with an untitled third game being the conclusion. Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura and Director Naoki Hamaguchi also released statements on Square's social media after the stream where Nomura teased that "some development has already begun on the third title".

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Monday, January 31st, 2022
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 11:45 AM EST

Final Fantasy VII celebrates 25th Anniversary

Today Final Fantasy VII celebrates twenty five years since its original launch in Japan. Both Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura have shared messages, with Nomura hinting at "even more new Final Fantasy VII projects that started up after the remake coming in the future too".

Yoshinori Kitase:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. It also marks the 35th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series itself, which means that FFVII was born in the 10th year of that 35 year long history.

Personally, I had always thought of FFVII as a recent game, but it has actually now become one of the games from the ‘early series.’ Even so, we were honored last year when it was voted as the third most popular game ever by gamers in a (Japanese) TV poll. That we could achieve something like that is very much thanks to all the support we have had from our fans over the long years. Thank you so much.

Final Fantasy VII has re-emerged as the latest game in the series once again, with titles like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, and you can look forward to even more exciting new developments in the future!

Tetsuya Nomura:

With the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII this year, the game has now existed for a quarter-century. I am truly grateful to all the fans who have loved Final Fantasy VII over these 25 years, and thanks to your support, Cloud has never felt far away over that time.

Continuing on from the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier has also now opened for service, and next we have Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis waiting in the wings too. With all of these exciting new projects, I get a real sense of how more and more people are supporting FFVII. Not just the fans from the original game, but also those who never experienced it are being drawn to the unique world of FFVII.

And there will be even more new Final Fantasy VII projects that started up after the remake coming in the future too. The team see this 25th anniversary as a waypoint on our journey with FFVII, and will continue pressing ahead to even greater things, so please keep supporting us going forward!

Gematsu also reports that during a live stream today for The First Soldier, Kitase also vaguely hinted that we might get more news on Part 2 of the Remake this year. "As for the Final Fantasy VII Remake news you’ve been waiting on, I think I’ll be able to share more this year… maybe…”

They also showed off a new 25th Anniversary logo, as well as polygon characters showing up in The First Soldier.

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Friday, December 10th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 03:45 AM EST

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade coming to PC next week

Announced last night at The Game Awards, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is finally coming to PC on December 16th. As expected, it will be available via the Epic Games Store.

The package includes;
● DLC "FF7R EPISODE INTERmission" (New episode featuring Yuffie Kisaragi)
● Weapon: Cacstar
● Armor: Midgar Bangle
● Armor: Shinra Bangle
● Armor: Corneo Armlet
● Accessory: Superstar Belt
● Accessory: Mako Crystal
● Accessory: Seraphic Earrings
● Summon materia: Carbuncle
● Summon materia: Chocobo Chick
● Summon materia: Cactuar

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Saturday, June 19th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 05:46 AM EST

Final Fantasy VII Remake shows up in Epic Games Store database

As reported by RPG Site, Final Fantasy VII Remake has appeared in the back-end of the Epic Games Store. EpicData, a website that scrapes Epic's database for new games, discounts and special offers discovered the new entry, suggesting the Remake might finally be coming to PC.

Final Fantasy VII Remake was originally exclusive to PlayStation for one year, but that seemed to be extended six months when Intergrade was announced for PS5. That window would now end in December, meaning we might see the PC version launch at the end of the year or in early 2022. Recent Square Enix titles such as the Kingdom Hearts collection and Neo: The World Ends With You have been exclusive to the Epic Games Store, so it wouldn't be a surprise if FFVII followed suit.

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Sunday, June 6th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 06:08 AM EST

Intergrade previews and First Soldier closed beta

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is less than a week away, releasing on 10th June on PlayStation 5. In the run up to the release we've seen video previews released, such as this one from PlayStation Access and this one from IGN.

The PlayStation Blog has also released a short interview with Director Tetsuya Nomura. While the interview doesn't have any massive revelations, Nomura did comment on why Episode INTERmission stars Yuffie as the playable character. "The overarching story follows the original, so considering where this lies in the storyline, Vincent is still in his slumber and Cid is on Shinra’s side, so Yuffie was the only one who would be able to move freely." Nomura explained. We also got treated to a new drawing of Yuffie in her moogle disguise.

In other Intergrade news, it appears the move to PS5 wont get you any hard drive space back, as the game weighs in at around 81GB, a slight reduction from Remakes 86GB. It also sounds like the process of transfering your saves from PS4 to PS5 is less than ideal.

Finally, the closed beta test for The First Soldier is currently running. Android Police describes the game as "somewhat competent" and you can check out their gameplay video here. Aitaikimochi on Twitter has also shared the excellent menu music.

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Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 08:51 AM EST

Final Intergrade trailer, First Soldier beta and Part 2 news

The "Final" trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and the "INTERmission" Yuffie DLC has been released. As well as some shots of Weiss in the Battle Simulator, we see new scenes involving Scarlet in a giant robot, summoning Ramuh and Nero from Dirge of Cerberus. The trailer also reveals there is a new Fort Condor table top mini-game. Please be warned that the first half of the trailer contains spoilers for Remake.

The end of the trailer also states that Intergrade will be exclusive to the PS5 for at least six months, so here's hoping we get word on a PC port not long after that.

In other news, Square has announced that signups are open for the closed beta of The First Soldier. Applications for the beta will close at 8pm PDT on May 27th.

Finally in Remake Part 2 news, while there isn't much new information, in a recent translation by aitaikimochi on Twitter, Nomura has said that "development is going great". As expected it will immediately follow the events of Intergrade and "Cloud will be running around a lot of nature", making the atmosphere quite different from Part 1.

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