After an eternity of waiting, it all went by in a flash. The first part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake saga (or whatever the hell Square Enix will call it) has concluded, and we're left waiting for the next installment. What could the future hold for Cloud Strife?
There's a lot to be excited about. The second installment of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is in production, but where our heroes could be off to next is anyone's guess. Nonetheless, we'll try and provide some educated speculation for where the story could be headed with these predictions.
Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers galore below for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. You've been warned.
Yuffie and Vincent Won't be Optional Characters
This one's a fairly safe bet. Yuffie Kisaragi and Vincent Valentine were both optional characters in the original Final Fantasy 7, who you could miss out on entirely if you didn't venture into their corresponding parts of the game.
In the remake, whenever the two eventually show up, I'm betting they won't just be side characters. You can argue both Yuffie and Vincent had very little involvement in the plot of the original, but I'm betting if the two do end up making it into the remake, they'll play a more active role in the story. Bearing in mind that Tetsuya Nomura designed both of the characters for the original, it seems highly likely the co-director of the remake would want his creations to play a bigger role in the remake.
Aerith Won't Die… by Sephiroth's Hand, At Least
I don't think future installments of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will recreate Aerith's death scene from the original game. As we'll get into further down, part one of the remake ends with our heroes literally defying their fate, so why would the remake insist on the same fate befalling Aerith in this entirely new story?
However, I do think Aerith is still going to die. As one fan theory recently posited, she could sacrifice herself in an attempt to summon Holy, but that's a whole other can of worms. Whether Aerith is aware of the events of the original game or not, I think tragedy awaits Aerith in any timeline or reality; the two are inseparable from each other.
Zack is Still Dead
I'm going on record as saying Zack Fair is actually dead. I actually think the reveal of the Crisis Core protagonist near the end of Final Fantasy 7 Remake was a really nice move, partly in homage to the PSP game, and partly in establishing a wider world in the remake.
But no, I think Zack is actually dead and gone in the remake, sorry. Remember that Crisis Core reveals Cloud's Buster Sword came from Zack, who gave the sword to Cloud upon his death. What does Cloud have in the remake? A Buster Sword. I think this hints at Zack already being dead, despite the reveal of him having survived his battle with the Shinra platoon at the end of the remake.
I think we're in for explanations around Zack Fair in part two of the remake. There's plenty of players out there that simply won't know who the Crisis Core protagonist is, after all. I think Cloud will recall his memories surrounding his former companion, but it'll all be a bit of a red herring when it's revealed Zack is, and has always been, dead. It seems a bit nonsensical, but I honestly think it's more likely than Zack playing an active role in the remake.
Part Two Will Have an Insufferable Name
Birth Before Sleep. Dream Drop Distance. Final Chapter Prologue. The history of Kingdom Hearts is paved with wacky and downright nonsensical names, and you can absolutely bet that Kingdom Hearts lead Tetsuya Nomura is going to continue this tradition for the next installment of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Aerith is a Time Traveller
I saw a fan theory recently that Aerith is a time traveller of sorts, aware of the events of the original Final Fantasy 7 like Sephiroth. As weird as it first seems, there is actually evidence in part one of Final Fantasy 7 Remake that points to this: Aerith knowing Marlene is Barret's daughter without being told, and knowing Red XIII is a child without ever having spoken to him, for example.
I think this is going to be a pretty major story beat for part two of the remake. I think we'll delve into the original story that Aerith and Sephiroth are aware of, with the former explaining to Cloud and company what could have befallen them.
This is an Entirely New Story
Here's the deal: I think Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is going to be significantly different from what people are expecting. The debut episode literally ends with Cloud and company tearing away from the bonds tying them to the original story. Why would Square Enix pull off such a crazy move, only to retread the same beats and locations from the original game in future installments?
I do not think the next part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is going to follow the established path. Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised at this point if some characters like Yuffie or Vincent, or locations like Costa del Sol are written out of the remake entirely. I wouldn't put anything past this development team.
Return here in three, four, or five years time and we'll see if any of these predictions have come true. The next part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is already in production, and I personally can't wait to see where Square Enix takes the remake from this incredibly ambitious ending.