Square Enix just released a batch of new media for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the enhanced PS5 port of last year’s critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake. The new screenshots and pieces of artwork show off several of the new gameplay mechanics exclusive to the new Yuffie-centric episode, as well as a new Summon and some familiar foes.
Let’s start with those gameplay mechanics. Although Yuffie’s spear-wielding companion Sonon can’t be controlled directly, the duo can perform Synergized attacks to really lay on the hurt. By pressing L2 while both characters have ATB to spare, they’ll be able to perform a variety of deadly maneuvers, including the damage-boosting Synergized Art of War and the enemy-launching Synergized Windstorm. Of course, both characters can use a Limit Break once their Limit Gauge is full: Yuffie’s is called Bloodbath, while Sonon’s is called Dance of the Dragon.
If you’re looking to take a break from the action, you can always try playing Fort Condor, which has been handily reworked into a kind of board game popular with the Midgar youth. Kids these days! Fort Condor is a game of strategy based on one of Shinra’s military excursions, where players deploy units to defend their base and attack their opponent. It’s definitely a unique way to incorporate this concept, since I know a few players were unsure about whether or not Fort Condor would make it into Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Let’s talk about those familiar faces I mentioned. Below is Nero, also known as “The Sable.” Voiced by Sean Chiplock, Nero is a member of the Tsviets, an elite group within Shinra’s mysterious Deepground faction that was introduced in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (yeah, we’re going deep for those lore connections: also, I totally called it!). He’s also Weiss the Immaculate’s younger brother and essentially worships him. Nero can control darkness thanks to the experiments that were performed on him.
Also making a return is Scarlet, Shinra’s Director of Advanced Weaponry who was previously seen in Remake. She’s seen here with her experimental battle mech, Crimson Mare. Yuffie and Sonon will have to overcome Scarlet’s trials if they want to steal her Materia.
Last, but not least, we can’t not talk about Ramuh! The Lord of Levin was missing in action in Final Fantasy VII Remake, but is making a welcome comeback in Intergrade. Ramuh will use his devastating Voltaic Lance and Judgment Bolt abilities to aid Yuffie in her mission.
Intergrade will be out for the PlayStation 5 on June 10th, 2021. Be sure to preorder the game if you’re a newcomer to Final Fantasy VII Remake, or upgrade to the PS5 version for free if you already own the PS4 version. Keep in mind that the Yuffie content will be a separate download either way, and will cost $19.99 for those who elect to upgrade.
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