Part one of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is on the cusp of release. A demo even came out yesterday, which drove the hype train for the long-anticipated game right through the ceiling. Despite its proximity to launch, though, Final Fantasy 7 Remake still has important unanswered questions surrounding it, foremost being "Where does part one end, exactly?" The game's co-director, Naoki Hamaguchi, might have inadvertently given us the answer recently.
In a VG247 interview published on Monday, Hamaguchi talked with writer Alex Donaldson about why Red XIII isn't a playable character. Hamaguchi says that Red XIII's late entry to Final Fantasy 7 Remake's story made him a better candidate as a "guest character."
"We felt the point at which Red XIII joins the party in the story is very late on so we thought okay, if we’re gonna have him as a full character and try and get the player to enjoy his character development arc and growth as a character through that, it's not really enough time to do that," Hamaguchi tells Donaldson. "So 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 there."
In Final Fantasy 7 vanilla, Red XIII joins the team as a fully playable character when Cloud infiltrates Shinra's main building. After a hurried introduction with the cat-dog, the team leaves Midgar behind and sets off into the wide world.
Again, Square Enix has yet to confirm where part one of Final Fantasy 7 Remake ends, but Hamaguchi's remarks about Red XIII joining the party "very late" in the story suggests the chapter ends when the party ditches Midgar. Square Enix promises part one of Remake is a fully realized game, so it's possible we'll get to watch Red XIII waste foes in some new post-infiltration content. It's doubtful we'll see hours and hours of gameplay once Shinra's dealt with, though.
Final Fantasy 7's jump from Midgar to an open-world is an iconic transition. Square Enix even references the moment in a new piece of key art it published recently. Hamaguchi's quote about our limited time with Red XIII, plus the key art, make it easy to believe part one of Remake will end with the party watching the sun rise over the lonely outskirts of Midgar.
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