Not all of Final Fantasy 7's party members are making the cut for the first part of the remake coming out in April. One in particular might just be a guest character for now, but Square Enix is still looking to spotlight him a bit in the new game.
Red XIII, a red lion-dog who is absolutely a very good boy, joins the party during the Midgar section of the original game. However, Square Enix has confirmed he'll just be a guest character in the first part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
In an interview posted today on the Square Enix blog, the game's co-director Naoki Hamaguchi says the response to Red XIII's guest status was bigger than they expected. Hamaguchi says that because he only joins the team in the "latter stages," having him as a fully playable ally with character growth wouldn't be a satisfying experience.
That doesn't mean Red XIII won't get some time to shine, though. Hamaguchi says that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will add a new upper floor to the Shinra Building to present a climax that wasn't in the original game.
"The key to navigating this floor lies in using Red XIII's unique physical abilities to overcome environmental obstacles," said Hamaguchi. "Letting the player experience his heroics in this way is something that I'm confident will please the fans."
So while we won't be able to level up the best boy like Tifa or Aerith, he'll at least get some time to shine before his presumably full appearance in a future installment of the remakes. It's better than nothing, and given the laser dodging and other obstacles in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo, I'm interested to see what the team does with Red XIII in terms of exploration and environmental challenges.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake launches on the PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020. Be sure to keep up with our countdown to the remake, including our recent feature on the FF7 spin-offs you probably didn't know about.