With the discharge of Closing Fantasy VII Rebirth solely weeks away, it’s turning into abundantly clear that Sq. Enix is taking part in quick and unfastened with the unique sport’s script. That was true of FF7 Remake, however the latest State of Play, targeted totally on Rebirth, was a bounty of spoilers and scenes that recommend this sport will deviate much more from the anticipated narrative. That’s as a result of it’s nonetheless not totally clear what precisely this remake trilogy is. A remake or a reimagining? It’s equally each of these items and neither of these items. And because of one scene from the State of Play trailer, I’m additionally satisfied that it’s a sequel to the 1997 authentic.
Three Issues We Realized From The Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo
This text incorporates spoilers for the unique Closing Fantasy VII. You’ve gotten been warned.
Amongst all the reveals included within the surprisingly spoiler-filled State of Play trailer is a scene that stands out because of the small particulars hinting in the direction of one thing bigger occurring. It takes place within the iconic Sector 5 Slums Church the place Cloud encounters Aerith for the second time after he falls by the roof and lands on a mattress of yellow flowers (which have since develop into a recurring picture within the sequence). The brief scene depicting a dialog between Aerith and Cloud solely lasts just a few seconds however, importantly, Aerith seems barely totally different from how we normally see her. Quite than having her hair in an extended braid held up with a pink ribbon, her hair falls loosely throughout her face and again. It’s a minor change however one which instantly alludes to probably the most vital moments in FF7: Aerith’s dying.
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The center-wrenching second in FF7 has develop into so well-known for emotionally scarring a technology of avid gamers that there have been as soon as whispered rumors of a secret approach to revive her. Even Robert Pattinson nonetheless isn’t over her dying. Sq. Enix has been leaning into the thriller of how Rebirth will deal with this second, teasing followers with the information that Rebirth’s story will finish after the Forgotten Capital, the place Aerith meets her finish—no less than, within the authentic sport. In that legendary scene, Aerith falls to the bottom after being pushed by with Sephiroth’s sword, and as she hits the bottom the white materia falls from her hair and her ribbon comes undone, letting her locks free. That is additionally how she seems within the brief scene throughout State of Play: sans ribbon and hair down. She holds the white materia out towards Cloud, telling him to take it. Then she says, “This isn’t about me although. It’s about saving the world…and also you.”
This isn’t a scene from the 1997 sport. That alone isn’t stunning, contemplating how a lot new content material the remake trilogy has added by breaking the story into three components and fleshing every one out into its personal prolonged RPG. However the imagery of Aerith and the white materia makes me suppose this may not be the Aerith we all know in Remake. As an alternative, that is the Aerith of the unique FF7. As an Historic, Aerith is in-tune with the Lifestream, the vitality and reminiscence of all dwelling issues on the planet. The expanded FF7 universe has established that sure souls who’ve handed on to affix the Lifestream should still have an effect on the dwelling world by visions and even by bodily manifestations. Aerith does this in Creation Youngsters, showing to Cloud in a subject of those self same flowers from the Church.
It’s attainable that the remake trilogy is a few type of alternate timeline that has been messed with by Sephiroth’s consciousness within the Lifestream making an attempt to rewrite the previous, and Aerith’s spirit continues to fight him and is showing to Cloud as a way to assist him defeat Sephiroth. In that case, that establishes the remake trilogy as not solely a retelling but additionally a sequel to the unique FF7. Regardless of the fact of this scene is, we gained’t have to attend lengthy to search out out since Closing Fantasy VII Rebirth releases solely for PS5 on February 29.