The first Final Fantasy 7 started over the PlayStation 23 decades before, and a new trailer for your Remake pays homage with more characters and scenes we recall so fondly–along with a few surprises. We have noted some of the most important, silliest, and coolest takeaways about the upcoming game.
So far, the game is definitely shaping up to be quite the revisit to classic experience, taking familiar elements in the original while also not hesitating to offer some refreshing new alterations. If the complete game’s rendering of classic characters and minutes proves as well-executed as what we have seen in trailers so far, then it just might be one of the year’s finest.
For more information about Final Fantasy 7 Remake, make certain to read our feature covering all you need to know more about the game. You can even read our impressions detailing our time spent enjoying the game at E3 2019–one of the few minutes where Square Enix offered a hands-on with the remake. If you’re keen to catch yourself a copy, you can even check out our pre-order manual. In the meantime, make sure to watch the new trailer in the player below and let us know your thoughts about how the game is shaping up so much in the remarks.
Reeve Clashing With Heidegger And President Shinra in Final Fantasy 7
The new trailer makes a point of introducing a multitude of executives from the corrupt Shinra business, but none possess the huge consequences the visual appeal of Midgar’s city planner, Reeve, does. The scene is reminiscent of one in the first game when Reeve learned of Shinra’s plan to bring down Midgar’s Sector 7 to crush a part of their slums below, complete with the militaristic Heidegger mocking his cowardice. Given what happens with Reeve’s narrative arc much later, this scene is placing significant groundwork. We won’t see the entire payoff for Reeve before a sequel is published, which could be years away.
Palmer, Scarlet, And The Shinra LeadershipAlong with the debut of a reimagined Reeve, the brand new trailer also revealed scenes with Palmer and Scarlet–two other key characters on Shinra’s board of executives. From the original game, both of these were the heads of Shinra’s abandoned space application and its weapons development, respectively.
Although they didn’t have many scenes in the first game, the moments these 2 characters did have made it clear they had been among the most despicable members of the company, which left it satisfying to see them get their comeuppance. Though, anyone who’s knowledgeable about the storyline will be aware that a confrontation with these two will come later in the match. Still, it’s intriguing to see that they’ll have improved presence in the earliest parts of the main narrative, and possibly that could result in new experiences together.
The Honey Bee Inn and Cloud’s Makeover in Final Fantasy 7
Surprisingly, the new trailer provided a peek at one of Final Fantasy 7’s most memorable parts, which remains essentially intact. When Cloud and Aerith visit rescue Tifa in the lecherous Shinra informant Don Corneo, they know that only ladies make the cut in his brothel, the Honey Bee Inn. So Cloud takes his clean-shaven excellent looks and poses as a girl to get access to Corneo’s hideout. This trailer shows Cloud’s full and fabulous makeover. In the original, some parts of Don Corneo’s vice den possess a tinge of gay panic and might be tone-deaf for contemporary audiences. Hopefully, Square Enix understood what was unreasonable concerning the first scene and changed it for the better.
Motorcycle Soldier: Here Comes A New Challenger!
It seems Cloud is becoming a new rival along with big baddie Sephiroth: that fancy-haired motorcycle-driving scoundrel overtakes Cloud, Wedge, and Biggs as they’re infiltrating what appears to be a Shinra foundation. According to his attire, he’s part of SOLDIER, and if we’re going off the color-coding seen in preceding Final Fantasy 7 matches, his blue uniform potentially indicates he’s third-class. However, the character’s outfit makes it hard to say for certain, because he appears to be wearing the SOLDIER harness over standard Shinra trooper fatigues.
This mysterious Shinra SOLDIER’s presence could introduce an interesting layer to the proceedings, as he may challenge Cloud’s comprehension of his true identity. That line about having a”second dancing” also appears to allude to a proven connection between the two, but given what we know about Cloud’s mysterious past, it’s possible that dynamic is not what it seems.
Hey Kids, It’s Red-XIII!
The cast of Final Fantasy 7 is unforgettable for a lot of reasons, but even in that storied company, Red-XIII stands out among the all-time finest character designs. It stood to reason that we would see him in this very first installment of this Remake, because he appears as a specimen in Hojo’s lab in Midgar, and also our first glimpse from the trailer didn’t disappoint. He appears equally as fascinating as ever.
Meh, It Is Professor Hojo AKA The Worst
We get a glimpse at Professor Hojo, who has been the awful human being we understand him to be. He appears to be observing Cloud via security cameras, which directs us to believe he will probably be a persistent threat throughout this first portion of this Remake.
Jenova’s Debut And New Boss Fight (Also, Hello Sephiroth?)
While viewing Jenova is to be expected, the most fascinating detail found later from the trailer is that the confirmation which you’ll also get to fight . Since the very first portion of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake covers the story up until the conclusion of Midgar, this struggle comes as a shock. You don’t technically fight Jenova from the first game until you reach the ship in Costa del Sol, and it is a couple hours after leaving Midgar, so this encounter is totally new.
Another important detail is the fact that it appears the party seems to really see Sephiroth when they locate the tank holding Jenova–at least, if their body language is to be considered. In the original, Sephiroth only appeared as hallucinations in Midgar and did not really show up in person until that initial battle with Jenova in Costa Del Sol.
1 thing Final Fantasy 7 veterans will remember is that the classic scene in which you have to decide whether to break into Shinra HQ by sneaking in and taking the stairs or busting through the front door. Both choices are both viable and entertaining in their own right, but if you are able to do both in a single playthrough still remains to be seen. However, all of us know taking the staircase is the best way, though. Poor Barret.
This iconic boss initially was a part of the climax of this escape from the Shinra HQ as Aerith, Barret, and Red XIII took the elevator to the entrance while Verizon battled Rufus. Here, it seems like this could be among the end fights in the sport, with the sunrise and street in the backdrop reminiscent of leaving Midgar from the original. Perhaps once you defeat the first phase of the fight, the Heli Gunner follows you in the Shinra Building?
Additionally, it is worth noting that not one of the weapons that Cloud, Barret, and Tifa are using during this battle were accessible at this point from the original game. But it will make sense that new weapons will soon be available from the movie, considering the sole weapon updates you previously could get before leaving Midgar were Barret’s Assault Gun and Cloud’s Hardedge. This first part is a full 40-hour match, after all, so that they probably had to add more!
More Summon Monsters: Leviathan and Chocobo/Mog
In previous trailers, we’ve seen some of these summon materia you can find in the very first section of Final Fantasy VII: Remake. In the most recent footage, it was shown that the fan-favorite Leviathan and Chocobo summons come in full force. What is interesting about summon monsters in this game is that you’ll actually be getting them much earlier than in the original, which could have more to do with how the movie has a more fleshed-out Midgar arc.
Like the first game, you can conjure up a massive tidal wave with Leviathan or a stampede of chocobos led from the recurring Final Fantasy personality Mog. The two summons have been recreated in the Remake, and they look stunning in action. It’ll be interesting to see if there will anymore muster characters making an appearance in the first part of the reimagining of this game.
You Might Recognize Who Created That Theme Song…
If the candy theme song playing through the first part of the trailer really got you in the mood for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, there is a good reason behind that. The track was written by none other than classic Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, that stopped writing music for the show after FF10. While his involvement is not a full-scale return to the franchise, this contribution to this project is still a nice touch.