Final Fantasy 7 Remake launches in little over a month, meaning it's almost time to reacquaint yourself with a ton of beloved characters (or get to know them for the first time). One of those characters, Red XIII, won't have quite the same presence in the game as the rest of the cast.
Our sister site VG247 spoke to Final Fantasy 7 Remake co-director Naoki Hamaguchi about Red XIII's role in the remake. When asked about Red XIII joining the remake pretty late on into the story of the first part, Hamaguchi said that "we thought that the best way to have him involved was as a guest character."
"Normally throughout the game you'll be playing as a three-man party, but you will have him as a guest character that fights alongside you during the last part of the story," Hamaguchi said of Red XIII. "We felt that it was the best way of showing him off as a character and who he is."
It's true that Red XIII is introduced pretty late in the Midgar section of Final Fantasy 7. With this first part of the remake encompassing Midgar exclusively, it stands to reason that Red XIII would be introduced significantly later in the game than characters like Tifa, Aerith, and others.
So it seems like we'll have to wait until future entries in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake saga to properly play as Red XIII and have him join our party. It's a little disappointing to hear we won't be playing as the intriguing character, but at least we'll be meeting him in this part of the remake.
Kat recently had the chance to play an extended demo of Final Fantasy 7 Remake (far longer than the public version that was made available earlier today). Impressions were resoundingly positive, but one iconic scene has been changed, perhaps not for the best.