Spoilers ahead for the original Final Fantasy 7 and potentially for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth!
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth creative director Tetsuya Nomura spoke about this scene that everyone can’t wait to see unfold, saying he was “able to do what I really wanted to show in this title.”
We’re obviously talking about one of the most iconic scenes in video game history – Aerith’s death by Sephiroth – and while Nomura wasn’t going to reveal how that scene would play out in Rebirth, he did share with Game Informing some thoughts. behind the decision of the original game and this new remake.
“Starting from the original Final Fantasy VII, when we started working on it, it had already been decided from the start that ‘life’ would be the central theme,” explains creative director Tetsuya Nomura. “I knew we had to depict life and death in this title.
“Before Final Fantasy VII, there were other titles in which characters experienced tragedy, but many of them returned or were resurrected in some way. But I believe that the Loss is something that happens unexpectedly, and it is not something that dramatic or prolonged, but it is something in which a person you just conversed with is suddenly gone and will not return never. I believe that the person who dies should not come back in this title, and that’s what we did with the original.
For Rebirth, Nomura is very proud of what the team has imagined and believes that “the way we have represented it provokes a new emotion and a new feeling both for players who played the original Final Fantasy VII and for newcomers.” As previously mentioned, Nomura also added that he was “able to do what I really wanted to show in this title.”
Although we don’t yet know if Aerith will appear in the credits of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, it has been confirmed that this game will end with this fateful encounter in The Forgotten Capital. Along the way, as director Naoki Hamaguichi reveals, “players will see characters interact and deepen their connections with each other. That’s the focal point.”
We don’t have too long to wait to find out the answer to that question, as Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released on PS5 on February 29, 2024. To help you wait, take a look at our hands-on impressions of part two of the trilogy remake of FF7.
For more, be sure to check out seven reasons why Final Fantasy VII Rebirth might let you save Aerith, how the original Final Fantasy VII Remake has already started to head down its own extremely meta path, and our documentary – Resurrecting Aerith – about the urban myths surrounding her death and the fans who spent 25 years trying to rewrite her destiny.
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Adam Bankhurst is a staff writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.
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