Recently Final Fantasy fans got teased with the possibility of a Final Fantasy VII compilation comprising of every relative title ever made. The idea was proposed by interviewers in Japan after an inspiration from the announcement of Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far exclusively released on PlayStation 4 last week. Among the names include rarities that even the most die-hard FFVII fans may have never heard of. Take a look at the list of potentials for yourself.
For those who don’t know, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII is a Japan-exclusive mobile game which was released in 2004 for the NTT DoCoMo FOMA 900i cell phone through a monthly subscription service although the game is a single player Action RPG. This was necessary because of the game’s episode system which saw 25 different installments serving as sequential chapters telling the story of the Turks – a special agent crew working for Shinra.
In addition to Episode Mode, Free Mode provides extra experience points and special item accumulation for side missions as well as Rescue Mode which contains a jail for players to be broken out of by other online players in the case of defeat. There’s also a Weapon Mode which sees players up against Weapon. The game’s episode switching service was taken offline in March 2018 marking the end of an incredible 14 year journey.
It was considered for a 3DS remake in 2010 by Hajime Tabata but such a project has yet to come to light. For now, Before Crisis is ‘the one that got away’ for full catalog fans of the series.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the Final Fantasy VII CG animated film could also be included. In addition to this well-known title, there’s also room for Square Enix to bring Last Order -Final Fantasy VII- (a 25 minute Original Video Animation which was folded into the Collector’s Edition of Advent Children), On the Way to a Smile (novella collection), On the Way to a Smile: Episode Denzel (Original Video Animation), Hoshi wo Meguru Otome (novella), and the novel Final Fantasy VII Lateral Biography Turks -The Kids Are Alright-.
Some of the most interesting games are FFVII spin-offs:
- Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- (PlayStation Portable)
- Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation 2)
- Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII- (Mobile)
- Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII (Japan) (Mobile)
- Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding (Mobile)
- Final Fantasy VII G-Bike (Mobile)
It remains unknown which games, movies, or literature would be included in such a collection. Perhaps, if such a release happens, it could even come bundled with Final Fantasy VII itself and provide some of the non-playable content like novellas, concept art, and CG / OVA animated content as unlockable rewards for playing FFVII and its spin-offs. The idea behind this is to create a way for gamers to get the lore and full experience of what FFVII is before its Remake’s eventual arrival. Tetsuya Nomura was also clear on stating that Kingdom Hearts III is currently his #1 priority as its January 2019 release approaches.