Final Fantasy 7’s story and legacy meant so much for many gamers that years later, Square Enix just had to produce a movie based on it, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. Although Advent Children released to mixed reviews, fans will soon be able to rejoice in all its visual spectacle in 4K glory.
Square Enix has certainly gone its way towards expanding Final Fantasy 7’s complicated timeline with Advent Children being followed by video game lore expansions like Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core, even now willing to toy a bit with its outcome in FF7 Remake. Yet, for all its efforts, the animated feature film’s faults ultimately hindered it from attaining the same cult-like status its video game counterparts hold for fans.
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The version of FF7: Advent Children that will be getting the 4K UHD treatment is the Complete edition that was released in 2009 that adds roughly 25 minutes of extra footage that really goes a long way in consolidating the movie’s somewhat confusing plot. FF7: Advent Children Complete 4K will launch on June 8 as part of a two-disc set that packs the 4K UHD disc remaster with new Japanese and English audio track supporting Dolby Atmos tech, as well as 5.1 surround sound; the second disc contains the full movie in HD resolution, plus a bunch of extra content like a couple of Final Fantasy Compilatory story digests and an OVA titled “On the Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel”, which focuses on one of the film’s new characters.
Advent Children takes place a couple of years after the original Final Fantasy 7 game with Sephiroth spiritual offsprings trying to resurrect the One Winged Angel with most of the cast returning. While Advent Children might be a bit on the thinner side as far as story goes, its impressive graphics still hold up to this day, even with the upcoming release of FF7 Remake Intergrade taking things to next gen.
That said, some Final Fantasy fans do have a soft spot for Advent Children, among them Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, who not only made sure to include Cloud’s edgier skin when he got added to Smash, but also made the movie a huge part of Sephiroth’s reveal trailer and overall moveset where Advent Children influences stand out even more, especially in terms of music.
For now, Square Enix and Tetsuya Nomura’s team are shifting their attention to FF7 Ever Crisis, a mobile game with gacha elements that promises fans will be able to go through the game’s entire storyline in one place.
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