Square Enix shared more information about some of the characters and gameplay mechanics in the upcoming Crisis Core FFVII Reunion. In addition to previously described elements, Reno and Rude of the Turks were re-introduced, as was Professor Hojo. There’s also a fresh explanation of features like Missions and the Digital Mind Wave system. [Thanks, Game Watch!]
Reno and Rude are partners and members of the Turks, a group within Shinra Electric Power Company’s Public Safety Division. Reno (CV: Keiji Fujiwara) is gaudy-looking and arrogant. Meanwhile, Rude (CV: Taiten Kusunoki) is compassionate, despite being quiet and seemingly unapproachable. Professor Hojo (CV: Shigeru Chiba) heads Shinra’s science department. He leads the Jenova Project and is deeply involved with SOLDIER research, often conducting experiments on humans.
Of particular note regarding these character introductions is that Reno will still be voiced by Keiji Fujiwara. Fujiwara, who provided the Japanese voice for Reno throughout much of the Final Fantasy VII series, died of cancer in April 2020.
Square Enix also talked more about Crisis Core FFVII Reunion gameplay. For example, missions will be given to Zack Fair, a member of SOLDIER and the game’s protagonist, by both the Shinra Company and the townsfolk. These are separate from the game’s main storyline and will reward players with items such as Materia, with harder missions offering better rewards.
Furthermore, the Digital Mind Wave (DMW) functions as the game’s Limit Break system. When used, slot wheels will spin automatically during battle. If they stop on matching patterns, Zack can receive buffs and perform Limit Break attacks. The DMW can also enter Summon and Chocobo Modes. During these modes, the reels’ patterns all become either summons or creatures, depending on the mode. Should all three patterns match when the reels stop, the summon/creature shown is called into battle to unleash a powerful attack. However, if the reels don’t stop on matching portraits while in Chocobo Mode, it will trigger a Dud, dealing damage to Zack and inflicting him with Stun.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will release for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on December 13, 2022.