Saving The Planet From Albino-Samurais and Corporate Megalomaniacs Can’t Wait in Final Fantasy VII Remake!
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake was a smash hit in 2020. With over 5 million units sold, this long-anticipated sequel proved to be Square Enix’s best-ever digital release in history. It made several media outlet’s Game Of The Year lists and even won both best RPG and best Music Score at The Game Awards. Heck, we even reviewed the Final Fantasy VII Remake rather highly and I’d personally put it down as one of my top two favorite things about 2020. But what’s next for the Final Fantasy VII saga and when can we expect the Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2? Well, according to producer Yoshinori Kitase in an interview with Famitsu, the development team at Square Enix intends on working on it well past 2021. So while there are no details on when the next release date is, nor confirmation as to just how many sequels will happen, the game has begun development. In fact, just last week it was revealed that Aerith’s and Sephiroth’s motion capture actors had just shot a 4-hour shoot together. Thus hinting at a possibility that the duo’s tragic moment may be on the horizon in the upcoming sequel.
As for the game’s other characters’ potential appearances, Wutai has already been introduced into the story, so Yuffie’s character wouldn’t be that difficult to introduce. We’ll also likely see more Red XIII. Though he’s already been introduced in the game, it was only as a non-playable combat ally. The Final Fantasy VII Remake also features an easter egg with the appearance of Cait Sith and given that the character is introduced at the Golden Saucer — a place already mentioned several times through both Jessie and FFVII’s collectibles — there’s a good chance the beloved theme park gets incorporated into the Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.
However, it is difficult to say what’s canon, as this game isn’t actually a reboot as much as it is a sequel that incorporates a good chunk of FFVII’s history. For some reason, both Aerith and Sephiroth seem to be slightly cognizant of events that have both happened and are yet to come, with moments from FFVII’s canon being slightly retconned and various clips of FFVII’s finale already incorporated into part one. The game can technically go anywhere from here. But it was heavily stressed by the creators and devs that they’ll still keep it as close to canon as possible.
Final Fantasy VII is a Playstation exclusive that’s half-off from now until January 8th. If you haven’t picked it up for Playstation 4 yet, I’d definitely do so now as it’s a heck of a deal, though PC and Xbox users might want to wait until April when the game’s exclusive PS/Square Enix rights expire.