FF7 Rebirth Can Answer Crisis Core’s Biggest Mystery
The upcoming Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has the chance to answer questions introduced in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII over a decade ago, as story elements introduced in the prequel can now be included in the remake timeline. The developers of FF7 Remake said that knowledge of the original game wasn't needed and that new players could go in blind. Then the game came out and FF7 Remake's confusing ending (as well as the ending of the INTERmission DLC) missed a ton of context from FF7 that is important to understand what is happening.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
This article contains spoilers for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. FF7 merges science fiction and fantasy elements together, with robots and firearms existing alongside monsters and magic. The magic in the world of FF7 is tied to the Lifestream, which is the living embodiment of the planet. The world is sentient, with the Lifestream being a physical manifestation of the souls of the departed, birthing life into the world and absorbing the spirits of the dead, in what is meant to be an endless cycle.
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Crisis Core is receiving an HD remaster, which means that the players introduced to the series through FF7 Remake can finally experience the prequel on modern systems, especially as the events of its story are still relevant. FF7 Remake featured nods to Crisis Core, but the prequel story will be more important going forward, now that Zack is still alive. FF7 Rebirth has the chance to answer the biggest mystery of Crisis Core.
Final Fantasy VII's Supernatural Side Involved A Sentient World
In FF7, the Lifestream is put at risk by the Shinra Corporation, which turns the Lifestream into mako energy using massive reactors. Sephiroth is also able to pose a threat to the Lifestream, as he exists within it, unable to be "processed" by the planet, allowing him to manifest in the living world. This allowed Sephiroth to create the Geostigma disease in Advent Children, as well as being able to temporarily revive himself through Jenova cells.
It's possible for the Lifestream to intervene in situations where all life is in danger, though it needs some prompting. Aerith might live in FF7 Rebirth, which will be a bad thing for the world, as Aerith was the driving force behind the Lifestream emerging to help Holy defeat Meteor at the end of FF7, suggesting the Lifestream would have been fine with humanity being wiped out, due to the damage it was doing to the world, were it not for the compassion of the last Cetra. The planet also has the ability to create Weapon monsters to defend the world from harm, though these aren't exactly great at their jobs, considering they were unable to stop Jenova or Sephiroth.
Crisis Core Introduced Minerva - The Representation Of The Lifestream
FF7 was so popular that it led to the creation of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, which is a multimedia franchise filled with spin-offs, prequels, and sequels to the original game. These new entries in the series would sometimes include new elements that were conspicuously absent from the story of the original game, as they hadn't been invented yet. FF7 Remake referenced the FF7 spin-offs in different ways, such as Deepground from Dirge of Cerberus having a major role in the INTERmission DLC.
Crisis Core featured the story of the SOLDIER unit before Sephiroth's defection. The main antagonist of the story is Genesis Rhapsodes, a SOLDIER member who is slowly succumbing to the process that made him a superhuman. Genesis becomes obsessed with a play called LOVELESS, where three men search for the gift of the goddess, as he hopes this gift can cure him.
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It turned out that Genesis was correct. In Crisis Core, Genesis encounters a being called Minerva, who is a representation of the Lifestream and is described as being similar to a summon monster. Minerva restores Genesis without explanation, with the Crisis Core Complete Guide (as translated by The Lifestream) stating that Minerva acted as Genesis' judge, allowing him to continue his reclaim his pride as a member of SOLDIER.
Crisis Core depicts Minerva as a goddess, to the point where she created an instance where a Final Fantasy was censored, as a statue of her was changed in the international release, as it originally resembled the Virgin Mary. The Materia in the cave where Genesis encounters Minerva is called the Goddess Materia and the Crisis Core Complete Guide says that she imparts divine protection into Genesis. This means Minerva is the closest thing the world of FF7 has to a goddess, but she has only appeared in Crisis Core. The embodiment of the Lifestream only appeared to save one member of SOLDIER and to have a fight with Zack, yet was absent during all of the other calamities that have happened in the world.
What Role Does Minerva Have In The Story Of FF7 Rebirth?
Minerva didn't appear in FF7 because she didn't exist yet, but that isn't the case with the FF7 Remake trilogy. The fact that Crisis Core Reunion is coming to modern systems means that a lot more fans are going to be aware of her existence than before. This means that the upcoming FF7 Rebirth can finally elaborate on her, especially as the stakes are higher this time around.
It has been theorized that the reason why Crisis Core is being remastered after all of this time is that elements of its story will be important in FF7 Rebirth or its sequel. The INTERmission DLC confirmed that Zack is still alive, so it makes sense to reintroduce fans to his story now, especially as Crisis Core can be a nightmare to play without resorting to emulation, and the muggy PSP visuals make it a chore to watch the Let's Play of the game.
The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII introduced elements that questioned how Sephiroth came so close to victory, such as Omega Weapon in Dirge of Cerberus. If the world is in danger again, then will Minerva sit things out? Now that Zack is alive, will he have the chance to share his knowledge of Minerva and Genesis with Cloud and his friends? If Aerith perishes again, will she encounter the will of the Lifestream? Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has the chance to answer the questions introduced in Crisis Core, especially now that the audience has the chance to get up to speed with the events of the past.
Source: The Lifestream