Zack Fair from the upcoming game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion is Between a Remake and a Remaster

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According to the creative lead for the Final Fantasy VII series Tetsuya Nomura, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be “much more than a remaster.” This statement comes from a curious new interview with the Japanese publication EveryEye.

“We had mixed feelings on it, as we weren’t sure about the best way to describe the project. At one point there was also a discussion about calling it a ‘remake’ or a ‘remaster.’ I think the product is more close to the definition of a remaster, as the story wasn’t changed at all and it’s always the same game,” Nomura said.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy Reunion promises updated graphics, full voiceovers, and new music arrangements similar to those heard in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

“We are still uncertain on the term that better describes the game, which is the reason why we used ‘reunion,” Nomura continued. “It’s really complicated, as it’s much more than a remaster, but at the same time is not a complete remake.”

Crisis Core follows the story of Zack Fair, a Shinra Soldier aiming for First Class status. The title gives ample backstory and context around Shinra, Sephiroth, Aerith, and plenty of other story elements seen in Final Fantasy VII.

When discussing Zack, the creative lead noted that “the way his story weaves into the fates of characters like Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, and Sephiroth will leave a lasting impression.”

See the trailer for the game below.

Announced in June, Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion is scheduled to hit consoles and PC this winter. The news summoned a joyous cry from fans of the original Crisis Core, which was released on the PSP in 2007.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is scheduled to be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The second part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, titled Rebirth, is due to release on PlayStation 5 in late 2023 or early 2024. It has been confirmed that the remake will have three parts.