Square Enix Explains Why Red XIII Won't Be a Playable Character in FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
The fact that Red XIII won't be fully playable in the fast-approaching Final Fantasy VII Remake may be a little disappointing for players, but it sounds like Square Enix made the right call having him join the squad as a guest character.
During a recent interview, Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi revealed why Red XIII won't be a playable character in the upcoming game. "To explain more about why we did not make Red XIII a playable character in this game, we felt that because he only joins the team during the latter stages, having him as a playable ally with full character growth potential would not be a satisfying experience for the player," Hamaguchi explained. "So we decided to have him join for now, as a guest character instead."
Hamaguchi also confirmed that the reimagining 1997 original will feature a number of brand-new elements not seen in the cult-classic game. "I will say that Final Fantasy VII Remake has added a new upper floor to the Shinra Building to present a climax that was not in the original," Hamaguchi added.
Although Red will serve a different role in the remake, Cloud Strife, Barret Wallace, Aerith Gainsborough, Tifa Lockhart and the beast will still join forces to fight the Shinra Electric Power Company just like 23 years ago.
As a reminder, the COVID-19 pandemic won't stop Final Fantasy VII Remake from releasing next month.
The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him. The story of this first, standalone game in the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE project covers up to the party’s escape from Midgar, and goes deeper into the events occurring in Midgar than the original FINAL FANTASY VII.
Final Fantasy VII: Remake is coming to PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020.
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