Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — the 2005 CGI spinoff movie that dared to ask “What if the already unimaginable, intricate story of Final Fantasy VII was made much more complicated?” — is getting a 4K HDR remaster this summer time.
The newly up to date model of the movie is resulting from arrive on June 8th, establishing a week of narrative whiplash for Final Fantasy followers who may even get to benefit from the PS5 improve of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on June tenth.
One would possibly suppose Advent Children could be a good subsequent step for followers who’ve solely performed the trendy Final Fantasy VII Remake as a approach of making ready for future remade installments. That intuition, I can guarantee you, could be improper. The movie is truly a pseudo-sequel to the unique Final Fantasy VII sport’s epic and sometimes bewildering story, and it depends closely on an intimate information of its twists and turns. Final Fantasy VII Remake, in contrast, offers you a mere fraction of the saga.
For instance, right here’s apparently a wholly correct description of the movie’s key plot level from my colleague Nick Statt, and undoubtedly not a collection of random phrases that he typed into Slack:
The Sephiroth clone cloning himself into Sephiroth utilizing Jenova, from which he is additionally a clone (?) makes excellent sense. Okay, like technically Sephiroth is not a clone apart from he was merged with Jenova cells within the womb so you might make the argument that he’s a clone.
Regardless of the considerably obtuse sci-fi storytelling, Advent Children was a notable soar ahead for absolutely CGI-animated films when it was first launched in 2005. It provided followers the most effective look but (on the time) at favourite characters like Cloud and Tifa in full 3D type, with designs and battle scenes that the blocky graphics and CGI of the PS1 unique had solely hinted at. And whereas the movie itself has since been eclipsed by the even better-looking (and playable) Final Fantasy VII Remake, that reimagining owes lots to the muse that Advent Children laid.
The upcoming re-release is a part of an ongoing renaissance for the typically unappreciated film. Advent Children additionally lately acquired a call-out in Tremendous Smash Bros. Final: when Cloud’s longtime nemesis Sephiroth was added as a DLC character, Smash Bros. additionally up to date Cloud’s Omnislash assault to match his multi-sword model from the film everytime you equip him together with his film-inspired outfit as properly.
Moreover, Sq. Enix is additionally working on Final Fantasy VII Ever Disaster, a single-player cell RPG that goals to span the whole thing of the Final Fantasy VII storyline — together with Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children, Earlier than Disaster, Disaster Core, and Dirge of Cerberus — into a single, cohesive title. That may both assist clear up the confusion surrounding FF7… or simply make it worse.