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Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis Will Be Free-To-Play, Supported by Loot Boxes

Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis, the upcoming mobile remake of the 1997 original as well as its Compilation sequels, will be free-to-play. This will be supported by a loot box system.Talking to Famitsu, Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s creative director, Tetsuya Nomura, said that players will be able to play Ever Crisis for free. “The monetized element is basically loot boxes containing random weapons,” he explained. “Some of the special weapons also come as a set that includes new costumes that were not in the original games, adding in a new way to enjoy the story that you won’t have seen before.”Ever Crisis is presented in an episodic format, and each new episode will be free to play. Nomura says the current plan is to fit the story of Final Fantasy 7 into 10 chapters, with the first three covering the Midgar portion of the story. However, Ever Crisis will also re-tell the other stories in the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7, so expect further chapters beyond that to cover Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus.

Furthermore, there will be new storylines for this interpretation of the story. The first original episode will reveal the story behind Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier, the battle royale mobile game currently in development. “The events of First Soldier take place around 30 years before the FFVII main story, and go into the founding of SOLDIER, so it goes without saying that you will see some of the legendary heroes in their younger days, as well as younger versions of the future Shinra executives and other characters who will appear in the Remake sequels,” said Nomura.

Nomura sees Ever Crisis as a chance to bring all of the Final Fantasy 7 stories into a unified package. “The compilation titles outside of the original FFVII were not structured with [the consistent overworld and battle visual design of the original game] and have completely different battle systems, but I wanted to unify them all in one format for FFVII EC, while not losing the individual character of the different games,” he explained.Additionally, Nomura revealed that Ever Crisis will have special dungeons and battles outside the main story mode, which can be tackled with whatever collection of characters you wish. “These will allow players to enjoy taking on the mightiest enemies from the series using their dream party, in ways that the story battles do not allow,” he explained.

For more from the world of Midgar and beyond, take a look at where Square are at with Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the plans for the sequel, and what the studio hopes to achieve with The First Soldier battle royale.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.

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