Without a doubt, the biggest announcement out of Sony’s latest State of Play event was the free— but that might not be the biggest Final Fantasy news of the day. Square-Enix just quietly announced two more Final Fantasy VII games: a competitive battle royale game, and a second, more nostalgic-focused FF7 remake.
There’s a reason they weren’t in Sony’s State of Play event, however: they’re mobile games, destined for Android and iOS devices.
Both games are completely unexpected in different ways. Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier marks the franchise’s first foray into the battle royale genre: it’s a competitive multiplayer shooter that takes place 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. Players seem to battle through the streets of Midgar in a competition to be the first of member Soldier, Shinra’s elite fighting force.
The game’s trailer reveals that players will be able to fight familiar monsters and enemies, as well as other players, and may even be able to summon assist monsters, like Ifrit. It’s also very clearly modeled after the version of Midgar seen in Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Final Fantasy Ever Crisis, however, looks completely different. Rather than borrowing the visual aesthetics of Remake, this game looks more like an upgraded version of the original Final Fantasy VII. In a sense, it is. Square-Enix says Ever Crisis is aof the entire Final Fantasy VII story. In other words, it’s a single-player game that covers the events original FFVII, the FFVII: Advent Children movie, the PSP spin-off Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII.
Although most of the footage in the trailer looks like an overhauled version of the PlayStation Original, Ever Crisis seems to have updated the battle system to look a little bit more like the PS4 remake. Either way, it could be the perfect option for game fans who wanted a more traditional looking Final Fantasy VII remake, rather than a AAA reimagining.
Final Fantasy The First Soldier is due to arrive on Android and iOS devices sometime in 2021, with Final Fantasy Ever Crisis to follow in 2022.