A Square Enix JRPG Classics Buncha is about to change

Sephiroth stares intently off camera, presumably talking to Zack or another Final Fantasy VII soldier.

Nintendo’s big dump of a direct presentation has come to an end, delivering plenty of news for games like Fire Emblem Engage and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Although the biggest announcement was the BotW after The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom– who got an official name and a final release date in a new trailer– the House of Mario has also hidden some goodies there for fans of the classic Square Enix franchises.

Arguably the most compelling of the bunch – and the one people will find most recognizable – is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. A remake of the PSP classic announced at Final Fantasy VII25th anniversary in June, crisis core was a prequel to 1997’s genre-defining JRPG and this remaster will feature the usual enhanced HD visuals, a more accessible combat system, and new soundtrack arrangements. New for today is the reveal that it will launch on December 13 for Switch (and all other consoles).

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Square Enix also took the opportunity to show the remakes of its classic mission before mech strategy games, which first made waves on the Super Famicom (the SNES here in the US). Both Mission before 1st and Mission before 2– which is officially coming to the West for the very first time – are full 3D remakes with a range of new gameplay features, slated for November and “2023”, respectively. Square Enix also announced a PlayStation 1999 remake Mission before 3so Wanzer pilots will eat well for the indefinite future.

Also hidden in the live stream was the news that the Theatrical Final Fantasy series, one Guitar Heroresembling a rhythm game featuring a cornucopia of various Final Fantasy characters and tunes, will get a new sequel. Double Theatrical final measuring linethis new entry features 385 songs from across franchise history for you to battle through, including bangers from Final Fantasy XV and Type-0. You’ll be able to get your hands on it on February 16, 2023, which isn’t that far off when you remember it’s September.

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Apart from the classic stuff, Square Enix’s presentation was supplemented with news on Octopath Traveler 2 (February 24, 2023) and the even more oddly titled Varied daily life (out today!). For more on everything Nintendo revealed during today’s Direct, check out our summary story.