Is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion a Remake, Remaster or Reboot?

Fans have wondered if Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is a remake, remaster, or reboot. With Final Fantasy 7 Remake there are now multiple timelines in the series and it wasn’t clear from the reveal which Crisis Core Reunion follows. Thankfully, the developers have since clarified a bit.

Is Crisis Core Reunion a reboot, remake or remaster?

Crisis Core Reunion is mostly a remake. While the story has remained the same, almost everything else has been reconstructed or tweaked. Speaking to Everyeye, Tetsuya Nomura had the following to say (translated from Italian):

“We were divided on the subject. We weren’t sure how best to describe the project. At one point there was debate as to whether it was appropriate to call it a “remake” or a “remaster.” I think the product comes closest to the definition of a remaster as the story hasn’t changed and it’s still the same game.

On a technical level, however, the graphics have been completely renewed. We recreated the characters’ polygonal models from scratch, and dubbed many scenes that were originally text only. Even the combat system has been updated. With all that said, we’re not sure which term best describes the game, which is why we chose Reunion. It’s complicated because it’s much more than a remaster, but at the same time it’s not a complete remake either.”

According to Nomura, the team decided against modifying Crisis Core because it could affect the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy. Everything had to stay the way it was so we wouldn’t break the continuity.

So while the story is a 1:1 match with the original, Crisis Core Reunion makes every other aspect new. While Nomura and his team seem confused as to which term it falls under, we’d say it’s more of a remake than a remaster. Is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion a Remake, Remaster or Reboot?

Emma Bowman

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