During Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII anniversary stream today, the developer and publisher of all things Final Fantasy revealed that they will be remaking an older Final Fantasy VII-universe title for modern audiences. Crisis Core, which originally released on the PSP in 2007, will be remastered for release later this year on PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Steam.
While far from the first spinoff from the wildly popular Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core is often considered one of the best. The action-RPG follows Zack, the SOLDIER that Cloud looked up to before the events of Final Fantasy VII, and his own relationships with various characters from that world. Fans of Final Fantasy VII Remake in 2020 may recall several allusions to the character that might not have made a whole ton of sense if you hadn’t played Crisis Core. As such, with more Final Fantasy VII Remake on the way, a modern way for audiences to experience the story makes sense.
The remaster includes updated 3D models, full voiceovers, and new music arrangements.
The original release only launched on the PSP and over the years has never been available for any digital marketplace, despite several Square Enix games making the leap. The company has never really confirmed why this is the case, but fans have speculated it might have to do with the likeness of Japanese music star Gackt, who plays Genesis in Crisis Core. Or maybe the vocal ending song “Why” by Ayaka Iida didn’t have the proper licenses to be re-released on digital services or newer platforms, as is sometimes the case with the Japanese music industry. Who knows.
The game is also pretty weird. It adds a lot of layers to the mythos of Final Fantasy VII, arguably even too many, that make up some big parts of Remake‘s storyline now. At one point, a character eats Zack’s hair, at another we get the origin of the Buster Sword. It’s a weird game! It was directed by Hajime Tabata, who later went on to direct Final Fantasy XV after Versus XIII was cancelled. Tabata no longer works at Square Enix and there’s no indication if Crisis Core Remastered will have any new story content.