In a recent interview with Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura spoke to the whole field of Final Fantasy VII. The director touched on various topics, from Intergrade to The First Soldier, passing through Ever Crisis, revealing new and interesting information. For Nomura, the top priority is for the development of Part 2 over the new DLCs. The developer also revealed that he would be busy with Final Fantasy VII games soon, “not just for this year, but also for the next and the next.”
As you may know, Tetsuya Nomura is one of the key figures of Square Enix and is the game director of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. For this reason, he is involved in all the projects related to the beloved chapter starring Cloud and partners, from Intergrade to the recently announced mobile titles.
In an interview with Famitsu, Nomura spoke to the whole field of Final Fantasy VII, revealing a lot of new information, which we summarize schematically, thanking Square Enix for the translation from the original Japanese.
Speaking of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
- Sonon Kusakabe, the new character introduced in the DLC dedicated to Yuffie as his partner, is not playable but will help with combined attacks. You can choose whether to make Sonon move independently or follow Yuffie’s commands by pressing the L2 key.
- Sonon, to differentiate it from Yuffie’s ninja-style, will use martial arts and a wooden shaft, hence the design of her outfit.
- Originally the intent was to create a PlayStation 5 version of the game. Given the nature of the update, the part dedicated to Yuffie has been labelled as DLC. Organizing development for Intergrade made the transition to the sequel much easier. The top priority is now for the next chapter, and any new DLC will only arrive when the new game is completed.
Speaking of The First Soldier
- Nomura hopes to attract new players to the world of Final Fantasy VII with this title but is aware that to do so, you need to make the game with a strong commitment.
- The game will have a Job System, each player on a team will choose a style, and the icons seen in the trailer represent the chosen one. Each style has its own unique abilities.
- There will be a closed beta, but no details have been revealed yet.
Speaking of Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
- The chapters of the story will be free to play. The game will monetize through a system of loot boxes containing random weapons. There will be special weapons that will also include costume sets that weren’t in the original games and add a new way to experience the story.
- The story of the original Final Fantasy VII will take about 10 chapters. The escape from Midgar is indicated in chapter 3 to explain the length of the chapters.
- Ever Crisis will also include chapters with new stories. The first will be focused on the story behind Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. The title is set 30 years before Final Fantasy VII and talks about the founding of SOLDIER, so we will be able to see legendary heroes as young people along with members of the Shinra executive.
- In the trailer, Aerith was seen fighting a Guard Scorpion, the first boss of Final Fantasy VII, before the girl arrived in the Cloud and associates group. The reason is linked to the presence of a new mode, which will allow you to go to special dungeons and fight some of the series’s enemies with a party chosen by them.
- Nomura is aware of how players would like to play the various spin-offs of Final Fantasy VII ( Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, etc.) even on this generation consoles. Ever Crisis is not meant to replace that, but to be a simple and casual way of dealing with those games. However, this does not mean that the securities will not be treated with care. The different battle systems will be standardized in a single style.
In conclusion, Nomura stated that he would be very busy shortly, not just this year, but also next and the one after that. These are just the first announcements related to Final Fantasy VII, and there will be more information in the future.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be available from June 10, 2021, on PlayStation 5. Final Fantasy VII Remake is among the titles included in the PlayStation Plus subscription this month, in the PS4 version.