April 14, 2024

Picture: Sq. Enix

Remaining Fantasy VII and its varied spin-offs and prolonged media have gotten troublesome to maintain observe of over time. Today, every numbered Remaining Fantasy looks like an prolonged universe in its personal proper. Remaining Fantasy XV acquired an entire film and anime mini-series earlier than it was even out, each of which factored closely into the principle story. Remaining Fantasy 7 wasn’t like that when it initially got here out in 1997, nevertheless it turned an prolonged universe with a number of spin-off video games, a film, and now a Remake trilogy that elements these tales into the plot in important methods. That’s true of Remaining Fantasy 7 Rebirth, which is launching on February 29. There’s a spin-off you most likely didn’t play that it is best to brush up on earlier than diving in: Remaining Fantasy 7: The First Soldier and its Ever Disaster chapters.

We gained’t get too within the weeds about how The First Soldier elements into Rebirth’s story, however when you don’t keep in mind the sport, it was an ill-fated battle royale that ran from 2021 to 2023. It was set a number of years earlier than the occasions of FF7, and had SOLDIER candidates preventing towards one another in a simulation. The sport is now gone, nevertheless it lives on in Remaining Fantasy 7: Ever Disaster, the cellular and PC gacha recreation that retells the occasions of Remaining Fantasy 7’s varied spin-offs.

The First Soldier chapters are an unique story following characters featured within the battle royale recreation. Its principal solid consists of SOLDIER recruits Glenn, Matt, Lucia, and a younger model of collection antagonist Sephiroth. With out diving into spoilers, we are able to affirm that the occasions of the First Soldier chapters do tie into Rebirth, and look like they’ll have a ripple impact into the third recreation Sq. Enix is engaged on to finish the Remake trilogy.

Should you’re attempting to get caught up earlier than Rebirth launches, the best factor to do is watch the First Soldier chapters on YouTube or discover a abstract of the occasions on-line. When it turned clear throughout my Rebirth playthrough that Ever Disaster and First Soldier had been factoring into issues, I watched YouTuber Sector 6’s recaps of the primary 5 chapters to acquaint myself with the fabric. As of proper now, the story is incomplete, as Ever Disaster’ chapters are nonetheless rolling out. However there’s sufficient so that you can get a way of how the occasions of Ever DisasterFirst Soldier chapters would result in issues that unfold in Rebirth.

After you sweep up in your Remaining Fantasy 7 lore, be sure you clear your PlayStation 5’s onerous drive house and learn up on our fight suggestions so that you’ll be prepared for Rebirth when it launches on February 29.

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