2020 saw the release of the first part of the long-awaited remake Final Fantasy 7, in which Cloud and friends are given the chance to earn a potential different outcome in their deadly battle against Sephiroth. After receiving primarily positive reviews, the game debuted for PlayStation 5 and PC in 2021 in the form of an upgraded version entitled Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, which also included an “intermission” scenario focusing on the character of Yuffie. Rumors hint that Part 2 of the remake could be expected as early as 2022 – but, as series publisher Square Enix indicated, that might not be the only thing for Final Fantasy 7 fans to look out for on the horizon.
In a Tweet acknowledging the game’s 25th anniversary, Square Enix included exclusive messages from Remake director Yoshinori Kitase and creative director Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura’s message included the statement “there will be even more new FF7 projects that started up after the remake coming in the future too.” Nomura described the remake as a “waypoint” for the series, confirming that Square Enix is far from done with Final Fantasy 7.
Twenty five years ago today the original @FinalFantasy VII first launched in Japan, and to celebrate this very special anniversary we're delighted to present messages from both Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura. #FFVII25th pic.twitter.com/3Py8FwarIl
— FINAL FANTASY VII (@finalfantasyvii) January 31, 2022
So far, two spinoff projects set in the world of Final Fantasy 7 have been announced. One, The First Soldier, is a free-to-play multiplayer battle royale game available for mobile devices. It was released in November 17 and takes place 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy 7; it covers the establishment of the SOLDIER military program in which both Cloud and Sephiroth are later involved. The other, Ever Crisis, is planned to “condense” other titles within the greater universe of Final Fantasy 7, possibly including the spinoff games Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core as well as the film Advent Children. It will also be a mobile game which may include gacha-based gameplay elements, and is planned to release later in 2022.
The other projects Nomura hinted at have not been announced yet. As they reportedly started development after Remake did, their release is likely still far away. However, as the 25th anniversary of the game will be celebrated throughout 2022, it is possible more detailed announcements could be coming in the near future.