Despite the original game first releasing 25 years ago, there’s arguably never been a better time to be a Final Fantasy VII fan. 2020’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake was a critically-acclaimed triumph–one that completely altered what a video game “remake” can be by not only stripping away the game’s less-than-modern elements, but introducing the idea of a multiverse. Even better is the fact Remake was only the beginning of Square Enix’s push to revitalize the original game, and two additional Remake installments–Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and a currently unnamed third and final chapter–are on their way to complete this retelling of FF7.
However, Square Enix isn’t stopping with merely bringing Cloud Strife’s journey to a new generation of players. After all, behind every spikey-haired man with a big sword is an even spikier-haired man who wielded that sword first.
A remake of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 is coming, and with it the story of First Class Soldier Zack Fair. Originally released on the PSP in 2007, Crisis Core is a prequel spinoff to Final Fantasy 7 that adds a lot more context to the stories of Cloud and his former best friend Zack, a character who is seemingly going to be getting a lot more love in the Remake trilogy. GameSpot sat down with character designer Tetsuya Nomura, executive producer Yoshinori Kitase, and producer Mariko Sato to talk about the upcoming remake. While the team says Crisis Core Reunion will be a “faithful retelling” that sticks to the series’ original timeline, it looks like there will be plenty of quality-of-life changes that will make the game appeal to new players and Crisis Core veterans alike.