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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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Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 09:16 AM EST

No more DLC expected for Remake, Ever Crisis is a gacha game

@aitaikimochi has translated a new Famitsu interview with Nomura talking about Intergrade, First Soldier and Ever Crisis. Check out her full translations over on Twitter, but here are the highlights.

When discussing Intergrade's Yuffie DLC, Nomura says that while you will only be able to control Yuffie, you will be able to switch between modes where Sonon can act on his own, and another where you give him specific orders. This will likely be used for when you want to do co-op moves such as the one shown in the trailer. Nomura also says that they have no plans for any other DLC, at least until the main story has been completed.

Regarding The First Soldier, the Battle Royal game, Nomura is hoping the game will appeal to players that haven't played Final Fantasy before. He doesn't want to release a lukewarm title, so they are putting their all into the game. Producer Ichikawa is actually a hardcore Battle Royale player apparently. The game will incorporate a job system called "styles" and they are working to ensure the visuals on smartphones do not disappoint.

Finally when discussing Ever Crisis, Nomura revealed that all chapters will be free to play. Instead it will be a gacha game (loot boxes), where you can get special weapons and new costumes. The original Final Fantasy VII is expected to be covered over ten chapters, with three chapters covering the escape from Midgar. There will also be original chapters (such as one covering the story of First Soldier) and there will be special dungeons and battles that take place outside the Compilation where you can build your dream party. The trailer hinted at this, showing Aerith fighting the Scorpion Sentinel.

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Friday, February 26th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 11:35 AM EST

Full Famitsu translation, FF7R free on PlayStation Plus

The full translation for the Famitsu interview with Tetsuya Nomura is now available, and I encourage you to read the full thing over on Aitai Kuji.

Regarding the Yuffie DLC episode;
- Weiss is a secret boss Nomura has wanted in the game since the PS4 version. It appears he will be a formidable opponent in the Battle Simulator, suggesting he may not actually be in the story?
- There will be a new boss character in the Yuffie DLC that is not Weiss.
- The Yuffie story happens during Remake. Yuffie gets involved in a mission with another AVALANCHE group (not Barret's).
- You won't be able to control Sonon, but you will be able to do commands where the two work together. In the trailer you see an attack that they perform reminiscent of a move that Yuffie and Cid do in Advent Children.

Regarding First Soldier;
- The game is the earliest we have gone back in the timeline when Shinra was first establishing SOLDIER.
- There are solo and trio battles.
- The game will feature levelling up by gathering items and fighting monsters.

Regarding Ever Crisis;
- The game will be a command style RPG.
- The game will cover the original, all of the Compilation and even First Soldier.
- Kazushige Nojima is writing the scenario.
- You wont need to complete one title to play the next.
- New chapters will be added every month (we don't currently know how they will charge for this).
- The game will feature the original materia system.
- Nomura is unsure what to do about voice acting. If voices are added, don't expect a lot.

Also announced today; Final Fantasy VII Remake is free on PlayStation Plus this month. It should be noted however that the free PS+ version is not eligible for the PS5 upgrade.

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Posted by CloudANDTidus at 05:26 AM EST

PS5 upgrade, Yuffie DLC, Ever Crisis and The First Soldier announced!

A lot of news to wake up to this morning! First up, Remake is getting a free PS5 upgrade called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. Intergrade includes improved 4k graphics, 60FPS performance mode, normal (classic) mode, faster load times and photo mode. There is also a new episode featuring Yuffie as the main protagonist, along with a new character called Sonon Kusakabe. The Yuffie episode will be paid DLC and is exclusive to the PS5 version.

Near the end of this trailer you can see both Deepground soldiers and Weiss, suggesting they plan to meld more of the compilation lore into Remake. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade releases 10th June and you can view some lovely artwork over here.

Next up we have Ever Crisis, a "chapter-structured" mobile game that covers the entire FF7 timeline (including the compilation). The art style seems to be a mix of chibi characters and FF7R assets in battle. I'm personally excited to see the Before Crisis story released in English for the first time. Ever Crisis will be released in 2022.

And then we have something no one predicted... Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is a battle royale for iOS and Android available this year. Weird huh?

In other smaller news, the soundtrack for Remake is out today on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.

A new Famitsu interview released alongside these announcements also revealed that Nomura is stepping down from the Director chair for the next part of FF7R. He will be staying on as Creative Director while Naoki Hamaguchi will become Director.

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 01:34 PM EST

Square trademarks "Ever Crisis" and "The First Soldier"

Gematsu is reporting that Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Japan. While the Shinra logo is likely an updating or renewing of the company identity, the other two names are quite interesting.

"The First Soldier", a likely reference to Sephiroth, could be an OVA or Novelisation timed to release between Remake chapters. Another possibility is that this could be a subtitle for the second game.

"Ever Crisis" is even more curious as it follows in the naming convention of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. AC (Advent Children), BC (Before Crisis), CC (Crisis Core) and DC (Dirge of Cerberus). While a new entry into the series isn't completely impossible, a more likely guess is that this could be a remaster of some of the Compilation games, possibly including both Before Crisis and Crisis Core in a single package. Up until now Before Crisis has never been released outside of Japan and Crisis Core remains a PSP exclusive.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2020
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 08:51 AM EST

Sephiroth joins Smash Bros. Ultimate

Announced at The Game Awards, Sephiroth was added to Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass 2 and became widely available on December 22nd. Before this he was available to players who defeated the "Sephiroth Challenge". Joining Cloud, Sephiroth adds a second Final Fantasy VII stage to the game, based on the Northern Cave, and brings a host of new music tracks.

The new music includes original remixes, as well as tracks from Advent Children.
- Bombing Mission
- Those Who Fight (AC Version)
- Those Who Fight Further (AC Version)
- Main Theme
- JENOVA
- Cosmo Canyon
- One-Winged Angel
- Victory!
- Aerith's Theme

Fans have also noticed that the trailer itself makes a lot of references to Advent Children and the Omnislash Ver. 5 limit break was added to Cloud if you play using any even-numbered costume. And of course, there are new Kirby memes.

In other Final Fantasy VII news, the Remake won "Best Score and Music" and "Best Role Playing" at the The Game Awards. News on the second episode of the Remake has been pretty quiet, however @aitaikimochi on Twitter has recently noted that Aerith's mocap actress did a 4 hour shoot with Sephiroth's mocap actor just before the holiday break.

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Friday, April 10th, 2020
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 07:06 AM EST

Final Fantasy VII Remake out today!

The day is finally here. Final Fantasy VII Remake is available worldwide! To celebrate the event, Tetsuya Nomura has released a new coloured ilustration of Cloud, welcoming you back to Midgar. Episode 4 (Music and Sound) of Inside Final Fantasy VII Remake has also been released.

Bellow you can find a roundup of reviews released earlier this week.

Eurogamer: An expansive remake that treads carefully upon this most cherished of games, though some blunders will linger long in the memory.

Ars Technica: You get to do a lot in this game's runtime, which is why its 35-plus hours feel as hearty as classic JRPGs of twice that length. What exactly we'll see of the Final Fantasy VII universe from here on out is uncertain, though it's not a spoiler to say the game's ending hints at something to come. Whether a future game will take another 23 years is anyone's guess.

Kotaku: Final Fantasy VII Remake is not what I expected. Itís a grand, ambitious, beautiful experiment, a bold new take on a game that millions of people remember fondly. It sometimes feels shackled by the weight of two decades worth of expectations, but it handles those restraints with aplomb. I certainly canít wait to see whatís next. As a great man named Barret Wallace once said: There ainít no getting off this train we on.

Polygon: Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a flawed, but fascinating, reimagining of a classic.

GameSpot: Square Enix tells a smaller, more personal Final Fantasy 7 tale and marries it with a smart mashup of action and RPG gameplay to deliver a must-play experience.

Destructoid: I kind of agonized over rating Final Fantasy VII Remake. It's going to garner a lot of discussion from people who are both blown away by the new treatment and disappointed by it, and those feelings are not mutually exclusive. In the end ó after thinking on it for some time and removing nostalgia from the equation entirely ó I came to the conclusion that this world is full of powerful characters and a setting that's worth remembering: remake or not.

GamesRadar: A beautifully crafted and entertaining reimagining of a classic that brings renewed life to its story and characters.

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