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Those that performed the unique Closing Fantasy VII know that sport just like the again of their hand, however its 2020 remake modified issues up in important methods over the course of its runtime. Because the finish of that sport, there’s been loads discussions on-line about what could be modified in future remakes and the way these modifications would happen.

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Simply earlier than the weekend, Sq. Enix launched a trailer for the subsequent remake sport , Closing Fantasy VII Rebirth, to shut out PlayStation’s State of Play livestream. Following that, producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed a message on-line that teased the sequel’s scope and acknowledged the massive Chocobo within the room: particularly, that this installment would be the one the place plucky mage Aerith is killed by Sephiroth, as she was again within the unique 1997 sport. “The story will unfold extra dramatically than ever earlier than,” wrote Kitase, “with a fast tempo of main twists and turns. We all know followers are dying to see one scene particularly.” The seeds have been additional planted by inventive director Tetsuya Nomura, who advised PlayStation that Rebirth’s places would prolong as much as The Forgotten Capital, the place “the best destiny of Closing Fantasy VII awaits you.”

Aerith’s dying is a type of occasions that it’s laborious to not learn about in some context: both you skilled it your self when taking part in the unique Closing Fantasy VII, otherwise you’ve heard about it by way of cultural osmosis. (Brit Baron, who voices Aerith within the remake, admitted to io9 in 2020 she didn’t know a lot about her till she googled the character after touchdown an audition.) It’s an necessary second throughout your complete franchise and video video games on the whole, which makes it extremely dangerous to tamper with in any type…and in the event you’re Sq. Enix, it’s too tempting to not attempt to tamper with. Whereas it’s potential the sport will persist with how the unique occasions play out, it wouldn’t be unsuitable to anticipate a shakeup in some type.

The aforementioned Rebirth trailer gave a small glimpse of what’s doubtlessly one other timeline, one the place Zack Honest (star of Disaster Core and whose dying hangs over Cloud and Aerith within the unique sport) and an injured Cloud make their technique to Midgard. Since we’re following not less than two timelines, and we’ve bought two Clouds, it may very well be that one in every of them finally ends up getting killed in Aerith’s place. Or possibly it’s Zack or another person—that preliminary Rebirth trailer opened with a number of members of the Avalanche crew wanting closely injured, if not totally lifeless.

We’ll know for positive when Closing Fantasy VII Rebirth releases on February 29, 2024 for the PlayStation 5 on two discs.

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