Final Fantasy has been a staple for gamers no matter what console they grew up on. And now, Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is set to target a new era of gamers on an entirely different platform this time.
April 2020 brought us the long-awaited remake of the most popular title in the series, Final Fantasy VII. After its initial release, players were excited to return to the game, and its nostalgia eventually gave birth to the need for new content set in the Final Fantasy timeline.
Cue Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Release Date and Info
Final Fantasy VII: Every Crisis was first announced all the way back in February 2021. The game was revealed by Square Enix in collaboration with Applibot. It is supposed to feature “Compilation of FF VII and More”. This is purely a mobile release, with speculation about the release on other platforms (more on that later).
The initial release date of Final Fantasy: Ever Crisis was set in 2022 in an episodic manner. The player will be able to jump through the timeline and play each episode in any order they wish once they have been released. Since the reveal, a lot of time has passed, and we are yet to receive any concrete news about the exact release date.
Finally, on April 27th, 2022, we saw a glimmer of hope when CyberAgent, in their financial results briefing, hinted at Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis to be released in September 2022.
We are now way past that date with no release date in sight. One can only hope that the time will come when we will be able to play the long-awaited title.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Closed Beta Release Date
Fans were once again excited when Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis’s closed beta was announced during the game’s 25th Anniversary Broadcast alongside another trailer of the game. It was also confirmed in a tweet later on by the official Final Fantasy VII Twitter.
Once again, the fans were left high and dry after teasing, and still, there are no signs of any official release of either the closed beta or the game. Some speculated that the CyberAgent’s hint at the release was for the closed beta, but as far as sight goes, there are no signs of anything.
If you go to FF VII: Ever Crisis’s website, it features “Closed Beta Test in 2022,” but the real question remains. When is it coming?
Based on all the announcements we have had over the past few months, we can assume that the closed beta for Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis will have a release date set in the final month of 2022 aka December.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Platforms
Ever Crisis is set to be a purely mobile release. And so, it will add to the plethora of Final Fantasy Remakes and titles already available on mobile. This includes games like Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and the original Final Fantasy.
While there is currently no news if the game will be released on other platforms, PC players can always use Bluestacks to emulate the Android experience on PC. Console players will have to hope that the game gets to Xbox and Playstation once it has been released in its entirety.
Will Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Get a Switch Port?
Final Fantasy VII: Every Crisis has always been advertised as a mobile game – Andriod and IOS. There has been no official word about it coming to Nintendo Switch.
We think since it is a mobile game and it will make sense if it is also released for Switch users. Fingers crossed. Who knows if Square Enix is kind enough to let the Nintendo fanboys get a piece of the pie?
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Trailer
The teaser for the game was released all the way back in February 2021 along with its announcement. It wasn’t until June 17th, 2022, during the game’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Broadcast, that the official trailer was released.
Ever Crisis looks to have a unique art style. The trailer shows both the original chibi art style and the more detailed full-version renditions of characters. We also catch glimpses of anime-inspired versions of characters showing up during dialogues.
The trailer takes players through the variety of environments and timelines that they will explore. Fans of the franchise will recognize scenes from games like Final Fantasy Crisis Core and the original Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Story
We all know that Final Fantasy VII: Every Crisis is supposed to be a compilation of Final Fantasy VII’s story. We should expect a lot of the same story with visual and mechanical updates. There is a good chance that there will be some alterations in the story. The players might also be given a choice on how they want the story to progress.
The trailer is filled with returning characters, given what the Ever Crisis plotline will be. The game is set to explore and retell the events leading up to Final Fantasy VII, including games such as Before Crisis, Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus, and Advent Children.
Returning cast includes well-known characters such as Zack, Angeal, Cloud, Tifa, and basically the entire roster of characters featured in the events surrounding Final Fantasy VII. Ever Crisis is also likely to feature at least one version of Sephiroth as one of the main antagonists.
Despite this, the main villain for Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is teased to be Genisis, who is shown in the trailer briefly. Genesis is rumored to be a first-class soldier and was created during the Jenova Project along with Sephiroth.
The game seems to be staying true to what the original Final Fantasy was like in terms of gameplay. We see the same chibi-esque art style in use while players are running around the relatively open-world map.
Returning players of the franchise will also be happy to know that the combat mechanics feature the return of the original ATB.
Despite its heavily improved graphics and art styles, the Active Time Battle system in the Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis trailer features the same three-member parties, and HP and MP bars.
The key difference between this ATB and the original ATB is the ATB bar, which has been taken directly from the Final Fantasy VII Remake. This also means the return of ability costs in terms of ATB bar slots.
Although, instead of summoning through banners for characters, players will be rolling for weapons and/or skins for the already existing characters in the game.
The game will also be released in episodes, and a system where future parts of the story have to be purchased should not be considered entirely off the table for now.
All-in-all, Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis looks like it is gearing up to live up to the standards of the Final Fantasy franchise. But until its release (that still isn’t confirmed or announced), we can’t be too sure.
But rest assured, when the game does eventually release, I’ll have a review up so you know what you’re getting into!
Until then, catch up on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.