Crisis Core Reunion details more about the Turks, materia, and summons

In the latest round of information, Square Enix highlights more characters and unique gameplay features found in Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion, a “high effort” remaster of the original 2007 PlayStation Portable game. This prequel, set five years before the events of the PlayStation classic features aspiring SOLDIER candidate Zack Fair, and his journey into uncovering the Shinra Corporations dark truths.

Along the way he’ll meet members of the Turks, a shadowy organization that carries out Shinra’s dirty work in secret — and include Reno and Rude amongst others. Hojo is an unhinged scientist leading the Jenova project, responsible for the creation of the superhuman abilities SOLDIER members receive.

Side missions are also aplenty in Crisis Core Reunion, as in the original, and you can embark on them to acquire items and materia outside of the main story path. Materia comes in several forms, including those that allow Zack to cast magic spells and others that let him use powerful abilities. Said materia can also be combined to create stronger iterations, or new types entirely.

The DMW (or Digital Mind Wave) mechanic appears as an ongoing ‘slot machine’ with numeric values attached to characters Zack has encountered on his journey. At various points, the DMW will stop, and the values are assessed. Based on the result, Zack can be bestowed with helpful buffs, execute a super move, or even summon monsters.

You can check out the details below, or view the system specs recently shared, or more about the combat and characters you’ll meet.

Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion launches on December 13 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.



Reno is a young, brash Turks agent who wields a rod. His flashy appearance and irreverent demeanor make him seem somewhat petulant and frivolous, but he always gets the job done in the end.

Voiced by:
Arnie Pantoja


Rude is another member of the Turks and joined at the same time as Reno.

Taciturn and unreadable behind his sunglasses, Rude is difficult to approach, but he’s actually a surprisingly compassionate man.

Voiced by:
William C. Stephens


Hojo is the current head of Shinra’s Science Department. He was also the lead scientist of the Jenova Project and closely involved in the research that led to the creation of SOLDIER.

He continues to engage in unethical human experimentation.

Voiced by:
James Sie


Next, we’ll look at some of the gameplay systems in CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION, starting with Missions.

Missions are special SOLDIER assignments given to Zack by the Shinra Company and the citizens of Midgar, outside of the main story. New missions are unlocked when you fulfil specific conditions as the story progresses.

Completing missions will earn you rewards of Materia and items – with more valuable rewards offered depending on the mission’s difficulty.

Some missions feature boss enemies as targets. Defeat the target to complete the mission.

Ability Gauge

Some powerful foes have access to special abilities. When using these, the enemy enters a “casting” state and an ability gauge appears.

By attacking the enemy during the casting period, it’s possible to lower the gauge and reduce the damage taken.

Reducing the gauge to zero will prevent the enemy from using its ability at all!


By equipping Materia, Zack gains access to magic and abilities.

Magic consumes MP when used. In addition to ranged attack magic, there is also HP recovery magic and status-enhancing support magic. Here’s a look at a couple of spells that Zack can cast.

Magic Materia


This spectacular area of effect magic drops a thunderbolt on the target and the surrounding area.


Wall is support magic that reduces the damage that Zack takes.

Ability Materia

Vital Slash

This is a sword technique where Zack raises his blade high before delivering a mighty strike. It takes some time for this ability to activate, but it will always cause a critical hit when it lands.

Thunder Blade

Thunder Blade lets Zack imbue his sword with the power of thunder, then deliver a slicing attack. The ability has a wide area of effect, attacking many foes at once.

Materia Fusion

In CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION, it’s possible to fuse two different types of Materia to create a new one!

When enemies are defeated, they provide SP that can be consumed to perform fusion. The Materia used in fusion are lost, but the process does allow you to create powerful Materia at an early stage and / or obtain rare Materia that are not usually available.

For example, you can fuse “Fire” and “Poison” Materia to create “Dark Fire” Materia.

Limit Breaks

In battle, the DMW (Digital Mind Wave) system triggers randomized effects such as enhanced status and the ability to use powerful Limit Breaks.

When the DMW lines up images of the same character, Zack can use a Limit Break ability based on the character featured.

Here are a couple of examples:

Cissnei — Lucky Stars

Genesis — Apocalypse


When the DMW enters Summon Mode, all the images change to summons and it becomes possible to unleash the featured entities’ Limit Breaks.

The designs of the summon monsters have been altered to match those in FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.

The summon “Bahamut Fury” is unique to CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION and was designed by FINAL FANTASY VII character designer Roberto Ferrari!

If it comes up on the DMW, Bahamut Fury can unleash Exaflare!

Chocobo Mode

Some missions will reward you with additional images for the DMW.

If you have acquired specific images, such as Chocobo or Cactuar, the DMW can switch to Chocobo Mode.

If the images align in this mode, you can use Limit Breaks! If the images in the DMW don’t align, you’ll get a “dud” result that inflicts damage and stuns Zack.

Here’s a look at some of the attacks you can get from Chocobo Mode:

Chocobo — Chocobo Stomp

Cactuar — 1,000 Needles

About the Author

Tony Garsow Tony joined Nova Crystallis in 2015, and has spent more than a decade writing in the Final Fantasy community. He also contributes to the Nova Crystallis Twitch and YouTube channels, where you can watch select gameplay highlights, previews, and streams.