Final Fantasy 7 The First Soldier is a new battle royale shooter

Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier has been officially announced by Square Enix, and it’s not the Final Fantasy spin-off you were probably expecting from the Japanese publisher…

Clearly not content with just one Final Fantasy 7 announcement last night, Square unveiled The First Soldier, an upcoming battle royale shooter coming to mobile devices later this year. Other reveals included an enhanced re-release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PS5 – coming in June – as well as new DLC featuring Yuffie, and a mobile RPG dubbed Ever Crisis.

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Details on Final Fantasy 7 The First Soldier are slim for now but what we do have is a a fairly meaty trailer for the survival shooter which already looks very polished. Set thirty years before the events of the main game, players will join Shinra’s enhanced ranks of military fighters. Not only will you have a arsenal of weapons at your disposal, it also looks as if players can tailor their loadout with different abilities and magic powers, which consume MP.

Final Fantasy 7 The First Soldier reportedly features matchmaking for solo players or groups of three. From the debut footage we can see a number of a familiar locales stripped from Final Fantasy 7 Remake, presumably remixed, then stitched together to create one or more battle royale maps. These will also be populated by familiar enemies and creatures, not just other opponents.

We have no confirmed release date for Final Fantasy 7 The First Soldier though we are expecting news of an upcoming beta in the near future.

A couple of months ago, Square Enix released the Tifa PS4 theme for free on the PS Store and that is still available. Download links are below.

In our review for Final Fantasy VII Remake, Tuffcub wrote:

How do you remake one of the most beloved video games ever made? Why would you even risk it? It would be like remaking Jaws, Casablanca, or the original Star Wars film. Final Fantasy VII was a sprawling saga spanning eighty hours of memorable characters, lengthy battles, and tearful heartbreak. There is no way Square Enix could do it justice… and yet they have.

An utter joy to play from start to finish, packed with memorable scenes, moustache-twirling baddies, and epic battles. The first part of Final Fantasy VII Remake isn’t just polished, it’s opulent.

You can read the full Final Fantasy VII Remake review here. If you have the game and fancy tackling it on hard difficulty then help is at hand. Go and check out our guide on how to beat Final Fantasy VII Remake on hard mode.

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