A few days ago, a trailer dropped for one of Square Enix’s most requested remakes; games fans have been asking for since Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced. After Final Fantasy VII’s success in 1997, the company released several games and a movie in the same universe. Square Enix just announced that they will be releasing a compilation of Final Fantasy VII media in a mobile app called Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis. This will include Before Crisis, Crisis Core, Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus, and what looks like a remastered version of the original game.
The official description says, “Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a chapter-structured single-player game covering the whole of the FFVII timeline – including the events of the original game and the FFVII compilation titles.” The game is set to release in 2022.
Square Enix has experimented with the mobile format for a while. You can play every Final Fantasy game except FFXV on iOS/Android with little differentiation from the original games. At least if you don’t mind a tiny screen, no controller, and the invariable difficulty of trying to press the correct button on a touch screen. There are also countless mobile originals such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and FFBE: War of the Visions.
On one hand, it is exciting that Square Enix has not only entertained but actioned the production of more Final Fantasy VII content. It seems the success of the Final Fantasy VII Remake has encouraged the company to continue along that path. It makes sense to compile the FFVII spin-offs into one game. The only people who would buy all the remakes, were they to happen, would be the die-hard fans of FFVII. The casual gamer – or the average consumer – would likely only have room to purchase one remake, disbursing the revenue and reducing the profit margins on each game.
On the other hand, the fact that Square Enix has opted for the mobile route is somewhat disconcerting. I worry that the games won’t get the devotion they deserve, and the quality will suffer. The encouraging thing here is that we won’t see the game for at least another year. I’m a fan of later release dates. Like the open-world Pokémon game announced earlier this week, it gives the company a chance to tell the fans what’s coming and it gives them time to further develop the game and turn it into what it truly deserves to be.
With a year to develop the game and some period of development behind them, Square Enix is on the right track to put out an excellent remake of the Final Fantasy VII games. There are, however, a few points to make with this game. First, the game shouldn’t be free. This is probably obvious, but nobody wants ads on their playthrough of FFVII. Second, make it a fully-fledged game. Square Enix should be able to bring Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis to consoles next year as well. Personally, I prefer to play games on my Switch and the console would be a perfect home for this game.
Ultimately, I’m optimistic about the future of the game and the direction Square Enix is headed. I would have loved a console-dedicated release, but the company likely doesn’t have the bandwidth to devote to that project given the FFVII Remake Part II and Final Fantasy XVI development. What do you think about the announcement? Are you excited about the game? Leave a comment below to let us know what you want to see out of Final Fantasy: Ever Crisis.