Want Final Fantasy 7 on your phone? A mobile remake of sorts is coming in 2022

FF7 Ever Crisis
(Image credit: Square Enix)

A surprise announcement followed Sony’s February State of Play and the FF7 Remake Intergrade news: there are two Final Fantasy 7-themed mobile games coming for iOS and Android...one of which is a battle royale, while the other is an abridged retelling of the original game. If you want Final Fantasy 7 on your phone with modern graphics, it's coming. 

But first, yes, Square Enix finally made a a Final Fantasy battle royale. Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is ‘set in Midgar before the events of FFVII,’ according to the game’s description, and will be available worldwide sometime in 2021. The trailer shows players kitted in Soldier-like gear, firing guns and swinging swords at other players and classic FF baddies like Bombs and Ifrit.

The second game, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, is a sort of pint-sized remake of FF7 that looks to abbreviate the game’s plot into a series of highlights much Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition did. And like that adaptation, Ever Crisis will also feature cutesy versions of the FF7 cast (though they look more like they’ve passed through a Kingdom Hearts filter) in the overworld, but in battle, character models look straight out of FF7 Remake. 

Oh, and Ever Crisis won’t just tell the story of Final Fantasy VII – it’s bundling in a compilation of moments from Advent Children, Before Crisis Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus. Sadly, you’ll have to wait a bit to play: Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is due out in 2022 for iOS and Android.

A day for Final Fantasy 7

The big news for Final Fantasy 7 Remake fans is, of course, DLC and PS5 news, which was the finale announcement of Sony's State of Play show.

In summary, the DLC, called Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, adds more story starring everyone's favorite giant shuriken-wielding ninja, Yuffie, who's come to Midgar in an adorable moogle coat to apparently steal materia. We got highlights and not much else, including exact release date or price, but at least we know more of what it'll be about – and that it's coming this year.

The DLC will be released alongside the PS5-enhanced version of FF7 Remake, and Sony showed off side-by-side footage of the game on PS4 and PS5. Not much has changed – the game still looks like it's using the same models – but reflective lighting and particle effects have improved, loading times are faster, and there will be a photo mode, Sony promised. And the upgrade? Free.

David Lumb

David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.