Final Fantasy 7 Remake Replaces Longtime Cloud Strife Voice Actor

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Replaces Longtime Cloud Strife Voice Actor

Steve Burton will be stepping down from the role after 17 years.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a brand-new take on the 1997 classic, and as a remake there will be some changes. The voice cast is one area where Square Enix is taking a new direction as longtime Cloud Strife voice actor, Steve Burton, announced he is not going to be reprising the role for the remake.

In a heartfelt video message to fans, Burton announced that he is not voicing Cloud in the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake. He thanked Square Enix for the opportunity and passed the torch to Cody Christian, who will be taking over the voice role. Meanwhile, Burton's Japanese counterpart Takahiro Sakurai will be reprising the role of Cloud for the remake.

Burton has been the official North American voice actor for Cloud Strife for 17 years. Starting with 2002's Kingdom Hearts, Burton voiced Cloud in the Kingdom Hearts sequels, 2006's Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children film, and most recently in 2018's Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

In fact, it seems Final Fantasy 7 Remake is going with a whole new voice cast for the remake, including for roles like Tifa and Aerith, both of whom had longtime voice actors in Rachael Leigh Cook and Mena Suvari respectively. Tifa will be voiced by Britt Baron while Aerith will be voiced by Briana White. Sephiroth will now also be voiced by Tyler Hoechlin, who replaces George Newbern.

It will be sad for longtime fans who grew up with Final Fantasy 7 to not hear the familiar voice actors, but Final Fantasy 7 Remake seems to demand a fresh start. Check out our Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide for more info, or our E3 2019 guide for the latest news from the showfloor.

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