Final Fantasy fans were on cloud nine last night, with the reveal that Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is on its way to the PlayStation 5, but there was another announcement in the mix. Titled Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, it's a battle royale for mobiles arriving in 2021.
Details are very, very light on the ground right now and the teaser trailer was only 80 seconds long. In spite of this, we know that the game is set thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII, and it appears that players will have access to a range of magical abilities and garden-variety weapons to gain the upper hand on the field. Those "fields" actually are anything but, and the industrial backgrounds of Midgar are an excellent stage for players to dart away from scuffles and discover vantage points for total domination on the battleground. Expectedly, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier looks sparkly and shiny, even on iOS and Android devices, and the integration of summons will certainly offer something new in an especially saturated genre.
"Can you become history's first SOLDIER?" inquires the game's official website. Seemingly, players will be placed in the shoes of candidates who have signed up for the Shinra Company's program, but they won't let any riffraff in the door. Prove yourself in the arena, and you might be offered the mako to transform you into a super-speedy, super-strong puppet for the suits. An irresistible proposition, as we are all aware. Those who would like to find out more as Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier release date approaches should keep an eye on its social channels, and there are email newsletters to track too.
In an interview with Famitsu, Final Fantasy VII director Tetsuya Nomura said that story content in the battle royale will be sidelined in favour of the thrilling experience of becoming a SOLDIER. Furthermore, there are options to play alone or in three-person co-op teams, like Warzone, and combatants will be "levelling up from defeating monsters," mixing the conventions of third-person shooters and RPGs to link the spinoff to the original game.
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