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Next FFVII Compilation Title To Be Unveiled At This Year's E3?

Next FFVII Compilation Title To Be Unveiled At This Year's E3?

Written by Darryl — 21 Feb 2009

Today it was revealed that Square Enix would again be attending North America's premier gaming Expo E3, an event where they've had mixed reaction over the last few years. Last year they announced that Final Fantasy XIII would be coming to the Xbox 360 in North America and Europe alongside the Playstation 3 version, whereas in 2006 they announced the Fabula Nova Crystallis franchise.

In terms of Final Fantasy VII related activity at E3, they announced Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII in 2004 and they also announced Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode in 2006. However, other Final Fantasy VII related announcements have been scattered around other events such as the Square Enix Party, the Tokyo Game Show or even Jump Festa. Many of the western audience have become quite disillusioned with Square Enix recently, and an announcement of this magnitude would certainly help to regain some of the faith that they've previously shown Square Enix.

When Square Enix was formed, they made it very clear that Final Fantasy X-2 was an experiment, so they could gauge reaction and see where they could go from there. Its success lead them to make Final Fantasy VII a franchise, as many felt that while they didn't want to offer a direct RPG sequel, they could expand into other areas; the first of which was Advent Children, a feature film. Since then there has also been Before Crisis (a mobile phone game), Last Order (a short animated film), Dirge of Cerberus (a 3rd person shooter) and Crisis Core (an action RPG).

These titles have all come out between 2004-2008 and since Crisis Core hit North America in early 2008, we've heard absolutely nothing from Square Enix about how they wish to expand upon Final Fantasy VII's mythos. However, we do know that Square Enix plan to make Final Fantasy VII a 20 year franchise, meaning that games could continue to come out up until 2017; plenty of time for another prequel, or some more spin-offs/sequels.

There is also the issue of the story. The end of Dirge of Cerberus clearly isn't definitive, as it shows Genesis Rhapsodos walking away with an injured Weiss and the same also applies to Advent Children. In an interview with EGM, Yoshinori Kitase said that Dirge of Cerberus was just a resolution to Vincent Valentine's story, and Advent Children was a resolution to Cloud Strife's; neither are an end of the game's overall story. This definitely hints towards future games, but obviously doesn't suggest when they will be out.

However, should a game be announced at E3, it would probably not come out before 2010, and would likely come out in 2011. The format is very hard to guess, as so far the compilation series have come out on PSOne, PS2, Mobile Phones, DVD/Blu-ray and PSP. If they were going for a big budget title, then it would more than likely come out as a multi-platform title on the PS3/Xbox 360, but they could also wish to release it as a smaller game on the Wii, PSP or DS. There is also the possibility of another animated film, as Advent Children was so vastly successful, but it's unlikely that this would be announced at E3.

Either way, announcing a new title in the Final Fantasy VII franchise would be a good way for Square Enix to get back in its fan's good books. They showed with Crisis Core that they can actually make a good title that is true to its fans, without having to make countless remakes. Let's just hope that it isn't another Dirge of Cerberus.

Darryl was playing Final Fantasy before he was even born - quite a feat! Often very opinionated on the Final Fantasy franchise, you will often find him musing about small details. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.