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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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Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 04:38 AM EST

Final Fantasy VII Remake final trailer and "Inside" episode 3

Square has dropped the final trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake. This one reveals a lot of scenes we haven't seen before, so you might want to consider sitting out if you'd rather go in blind.

And yes, the Hell House is back!

Episode 3 of the "Inside Final Fantasy VII Remake" series was also released this week covering combat and action.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 04:06 PM EST

Final Fantasy VII Remake shipping early in some regions

Following Square Enix's warning that not everyone will receive Final Fantasy VII Remake on launch day due to the ongoing global health crisis, fans have reported that the game is shipping early in some regions. EB Games in Australia seems to be officially selling the game, and the Square Enix store in the UK has started dispatching copies, among others. The official launch day remains April 10th, and Square has asked fans not to stream the game prior to launch.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 12:06 PM EST

News roundup; Making of, voice cast, OST and new screenshots

Square Enix has released a new video series on the making of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The first two episodes are out now and feature interviews with Yoshinori Kitase (Producer), Tetsuya Nomura (Director & Concept Design), Kazushige Nojima (Story & Scenario), Naoki Hamaguchi (Co-Director Ė Game Design / Programming) and Motomu Toriyama (Co-Director Ė Scenario Design).

Next up Square has published a full list of the English voice cast. It includes Cody Christian (All American, Teen Wolf) as Cloud, John Eric Bentley (Hart of Dixie, Lab Rats, Fear of the Walking Dead) as Barret, Briana White (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Occupants) as Aerith, Britt Baron (GLOW, The Thing About Harry, My Valentine) as Tifa and Max Mittelman (Persona 5, One-Punch Man) as Red XIII. Some fans had speculated that Don Corneo might be voiced by Mark Hamill, but he will actually be played by Fred Tatasciore, best known as Soldier 76 in Overwatch and Baird in Gears 5.

The original soundtrack for Final Fantasy VII Remake is also now available for pre-order. The album spans 7 CDs and retails for £67.77 in the UK, and $77.77 in the US.

A bunch of new screenshots were also recently released, showing some new characters and familiar locations. On social media Square has been slowly revealing the names of some of these characters, including Chocobo Sam (a chocobo handler in Wall Market, and the owner of Sam's Delivery), Madam M (proprietress of a hand-massage parlor in Wall Market), Leslie Kyle (Don Corneo's lackey) and Andrea Rhodea (owner of - and a dancer at - the Honeybee Inn). We also got a look at some kind of battle arena, Beginner's Hall, the Wall Market and most excitingly, a glimpse at the Enemy Skill materia.

Finally, due to the ongoing global health crisis, Square has warned that not everyone will get the game on release day, although they are working hard to ensure pre-orders from the Square Enix store are fulfilled on April 10th.

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