Get a fresh look at the upcoming prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII in this brand new preview!
By Duncan Heaney

It’s time for another look at CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION!

This highly-anticipated prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII launches in just a few weeks - December 13, 2022, to be precise, but before that, we wanted to give you another sneak peek at what to expect.

We have a lot to show you, including a look at fan-favorite character Tifa Lockhart, some new information about the magic and abilities in the game, and a brand new gameplay feature that involves the iconic Buster Sword! So let’s get on with it!

Introducing Tifa

  • Voiced by: Britt Baron

Zack doesn’t just cross paths with Cloud and Aerith - he also encounters another beloved FINAL FANTASY VII character: Tifa Lockhart!

Tifa is a young girl who lives in the town of Nibelheim. She’s also Cloud’s childhood friend.

Tifa is chosen to guide a Shinra investigation team, led by Zack and Sephiroth, to the Nibelheim mako reactor.

New feature: The Buster Sword battle stance

Once Zack acquires the Buster Sword, he can make use of Battle Stances and Strong Attacks.

Zack using the Buster Sword in battle

This is a new gameplay element added for this new version of CRISIS CORE that allows Zack to expend AP (attack points) to take up a Battle Stance. This changes his regular attacks into heavy-hitting “Strong Attacks” or greatly enhances the damage done by abilities.

Zack using a strong attack with the Buster Sword

Block enemy attacks using the defensive effects of the Battle Stance, then unleash an immensely satisfying counter strike action with Strong Attacks.

While performing a Strong Attack, Zack will not flinch if hit by enemy attacks and will continue his attack!

Minigames and sub-events

While playing through the story, Zack can take on various different minigames and trigger sub-events.

Completing minigames will earn items and gil, including some items that are required to trigger certain sub-events.

Physical fitness test (squats)

Zack participating in squats

You can play the squats challenge in the training room of the Shinra Building. Perform more squats than the opponent can within one minute to win.

Building the flower wagon

Zack and Aerith building a flower wagon

Sub-event involving building a flower wagon for Aerith. Hand Aerith the items to use as materials and build a unique creation.


As the story progresses, Zack will receive mail from various people.

Some emails supplement the story with extra background information and others reveal unexpected sides of different characters, allowing you to dive deeper into the world of CRISIS CORE.

An email about Angeal from Kunsel

There are also fan clubs for Sephiroth, Genesis, Angeal and Zack. After fulfilling the special conditions required to join, Zack will receive exclusive mails sent members of each club.

An Angeal fan asks Zack to join the Keepers of Honor fan club


By equipping Materia, Zack can access powerful magic. Using magic consumes MP - powerful spells will use an enormous amount, so be careful!

Here are a couple of spells you can use in the game:


Zack using Energy magic

Magic that fires a projectile which homes in on an enemy and has a piercing effect upon impact.


Zack using Flare magic

Magic that creates an explosion, inflicting massive damage to all enemies.


Some materia lets Zack use powerful abilities in battle. Abilities consume AP and can be unleashed at the end of a regular combo. They increase in potency depending on the number of hits landed.

Let’s look at a couple:

Poison Blade

Zack using Poison Blade

Ability that initiates a slash attack that inflicts the Poison status ailment. Poisoned enemies will lose HP gradually over time.

Hammer Punch

Zack using Hammer Punch

A technique that inflicts damage that ignores mitigation effects provided by the target’s VIT stat. The more AP Zack has remaining, the higher the damage.


In battle, the DMW (Digital Mind Wave) system triggers randomized effects, based on the combination of numbers and images that appear on the slots.

When the DMW enters Summon mode, all the images change to summons and it becomes possible to unleash the summon monster’s Limit Break.

Here are a couple of these powerful Summons:

Odin using Zantetsuken

Odin unleashes Zantetsuken!

Phoenix using Rebirth Flame

Phoenix can use Rebirth Flame!

Chocobo Mode

Some mission rewards include additional images for the DMW. Once these images have been acquired, the DMW can transition into Chocobo Mode!

If the images align while in Chocobo Mode, you can use a Limit Break. Last time, we introduced some of these, including Chocobo Stomp, and Cactuar’s 1,000 Needles. Now, let’s reveal a couple more you could get:

Moogle: Moogle Power

Moogle Power Limit Break
The Moogle Power Limit Break

The level of all materia that Zack has equipped will increase.

Cait Sith: Courage Boost!

Cait Sith Courage Boost Limit Break
Cait Sith Courage Boost Limit Break

Removes all negative status effects and temporarily enhances multiple attributes.

…or it could be a dud.

Zack getting stunned by a dud result

Of course, if the images on the DMW don’t align in Chocobo Mode, you could get a ‘dud’ result that inflicts damage and stuns Zack.

That’s all we have to show for now - but you don’t have to wait long to see more. CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION launches on December 13, 2022, for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam!

It’s available to preorder now:

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