Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 is really real, with Zack in all his glory.
Announced at today’s Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary stream, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is planned for release on Xbox Series X and S, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC sometime this winter.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is a prequel to the original Final Fantasy 7, released for PSP in the west in 2008. The game gained unexpected new relevance when Final Fantasy 7 Remake seemed to include a shot-for-shot remake of Crisis Core’s ending, but drastically changed its outcome, seemingly setting up prequel protagonist Zack Fair for an appearance in the main games.
We caught another glimpse of Zack later during the show, too, as part of the trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, indicating that he’ll continue to have a greater role in the remake series as well as it seems to be shifting a number of the original game’s main story beats. With Final Fantasy 7 Remake now situated as a trilogy, Crisis Core Reunion seems to be positioned as a prequel to the new story the series is trying to tell.
In our original review, we awarded it an 8.5/10, saying “Crisis Core is a great PSP game — no question. It honors Final Fantasy VII’s legacy.”
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