Those that performed the unique Final Fantasy VII know that recreation just like the again of their hand, however its 2020 remake modified issues up in vital methods over the course of its runtime. For the reason that finish of that recreation, there’s been loads discussions on-line about what can be modified in future remakes and how these modifications would happen.
Simply earlier than the weekend, Sq. Enix launched a trailer for the following remake recreation , Remaining Fantasy VII Rebirth, to shut out PlayStation’s State of Play livestream. Following that, producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed a message on-line that teased the sequel’s scope and acknowledged the massive Chocobo within the room: specifically, that this installment would be the one the place plucky mage Aerith is killed by Sephiroth, as she was again within the authentic 1997 recreation. “The story will unfold extra dramatically than ever earlier than,” wrote Kitase, “with a fast tempo of main twists and turns. We all know followers are dying to see one scene particularly.” The seeds have been additional planted by artistic director Tetsuya Nomura, who informed PlayStation that Rebirth’s places would prolong as much as The Forgotten Capital, the place “the best destiny of Remaining Fantasy VII awaits you.”
Aerith’s loss of life is a type of occasions that it’s arduous to not find out about in some context: both you skilled it your self when taking part in the unique Remaining Fantasy VII, otherwise you’ve heard about it through cultural osmosis. (Brit Baron, who voices Aerith within the remake, admitted to io9 in 2020 she didn’t know a lot about her till she googled the character after touchdown an audition.) It’s an essential second throughout your entire franchise and video video games generally, which makes it extremely dangerous to tamper with in any type…and for those who’re Sq. Enix, it’s too tempting to not attempt to tamper with. Whereas it’s potential the sport will stick with how the unique occasions play out, it wouldn’t be mistaken to anticipate a shakeup in some type.
The aforementioned Rebirth trailer gave a small glimpse of what’s probably one other timeline, one the place Zack Truthful (star of Disaster Core and whose loss of life hangs over Cloud and Aerith within the authentic recreation) and an injured Cloud make their solution to Midgard. Since we’re following a minimum of two timelines, and we’ve bought two Clouds, it may very well be that one among them finally ends up getting killed in Aerith’s place. Or possibly it’s Zack or another person—that preliminary Rebirth trailer opened with a number of members of the Avalanche crew wanting closely injured, if not totally useless.
We’ll know for certain when Remaining Fantasy VII Rebirth releases on February 29, 2024 for the PlayStation 5 on two discs.
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