After 15 years of being a online game enigma, Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake grew to become a actuality on April 10. We do not have official gross sales but, however GameStat estimates 2.three million folks have purchased the sport. And critics adore it; it stands at 88 on Metacritic, buoyed by a uncommon 10/10 rating from GameSpot, our sister web site. ( ) However, as you recognize in the event you’ve performed 7 Remake or learn a lot about it, that is only the start.
Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake is a component one in all Remaining Fantasy 7, taking the story as much as the place Cloud Strife and firm go away Midgar. Simply as Hollywood turned The Hobbit e book into three motion pictures, Sq. Enix is taking Remaining Fantasy 7 and turning it into… we do not know what number of, however many elements.
So now that we have performed Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake, know the way it works and the way it ends, we’ve some questions concerning the sequel. Warning: main spoilers under.
Can a number of timelines not suck?
On the finish of Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake, it is revealed that there are at the least two timelines. A earlier timeline, by which the unique Remaining Fantasy 7 passed off, and the timeline we play via in 7 Remake.
A brilliant fast recap: The Dementor-like creatures that swirl round all through the sport are known as Whispers. They’re “arbiters of destiny” — beings that hold the story progressing in accordance with the earlier timeline aka Remaining Fantasy 7. (They save Barret when he is impaled by Sephiroth, as a result of Barret would not die within the authentic, amongst many different examples.) You remove these creatures within the penultimate boss combat, that means every little thing from right here on out is just not certain to the story within the authentic recreation.
After you beat Sephiroth within the remaining boss combat, you are proven a small montage. Biggs is seen recovering, Rufus turns into President of Shinra, the Sector 7 Slums are being rebuilt. However you additionally see Zack Honest, Cloud’s mentor, defeating a hoard of Shinra soldiers. Within the authentic’s story, that is the place Zack dies (extra on this later).
As Zack collects himself, a chip packet blows by. It is adorned with Shinra’s Stamp mascot. However as a substitute of the helmet-wearing Beagle we noticed all through 7 Remake, it is a Border Terrier carrying a inexperienced hat. A canine Fidel Castro, mainly. Which means Zack survives in a timeline completely different from the one which 7 Remake passed off in, the place Stamp is a Beagle.
So this all raises just a few questions. Are there solely two timelines? Do these timelines work together and cross over with one another now that the Whispers have been punked out? And most significantly to you, the gamer: Does this imply the story in 7 Remake’s sequel will suck?
Like time journey, multiple-dimension tales are very difficult to tug off and infrequently result in smash. Followers of Kingdom Hearts know this all too properly.
The Kingdom Hearts franchise, like the unique Remaining Fantasy 7, had a sophisticated story. However it was one which made good sense in the event you took a reasonable quantity of effort to grasp it. Then Dream Drop Distance got here round in 2012 and launched time journey and completely different dimensions and related dangerous enterprise. The franchise’s story has been roughly incomprehensible ever since.
Each 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts are directed by Tetsuya Nomura. After loving Kingdom Hearts intensely till Dream Drop Distance, and completely hating Kingdom Hearts III for its nonsensical story, I, like many others, am uneasy with the brand new route.
Hopefully 7 Remake’s sequel performs with multidimensionality very rigorously.
Will Aerith die?
As talked about, 7 Remake progresses up till the purpose at which the gang leaves Midgar. So we have but to listen to about Sephiroth’s plan to solid Meteor or Aerith’s try at countering with Holy. Maybe, most significantly, we have but to see Sephiroth impale Aerith along with his Masamune.
However now that 7 Remake’s story is not certain to the unique, will we ever?
Cloud and firm defeat the Whisper Harbinger (think about the king of all whispers, as the remainder are destroyed after it is destroyed) at Future’s Crossroads. How the gang get right here is unclear. Sephiroth slices open what seems to be like an interdimensional warphole, however then Aerith appears to reinforce it together with her personal magic earlier than they enter. She tells Cloud, Tifa, Barret and Pink XIII that, moving into Future’s Crossroads, they will be altering greater than destiny itself. They will be altering themselves, too.
It is all very JRPG. However it seems to be as if each Sephiroth and Aerith are conscious of the entire “a number of timelines” factor. For Sephiroth’s half, that might imply he is aware of that, if occasions go as destiny dictates, he’ll in the end be defeated, as he was in Remaining Fantasy 7.
Which means he’ll be doing issues in another way. Maybe he’ll spare Aerith — or maybe he’ll take Tifa or Barret as a substitute.
In 7 Remake’s finish part, Sephiroth means that, if occasions comply with the earlier timeline (Remaining Fantasy 7), he in the end loses. Presumably, meaning he’ll be doing issues in another way. Maybe meaning he’ll spare Aerith — maybe meaning he’ll take Tifa or Barrett as a substitute?
Will Zack not die?
Zack Honest rocks. He was the primary character in Disaster Core: Remaining Fantasy 7, a wonderful prequel launched on the PSP. As Cloud’s mentor, he will get the highlight for just a few moments within the authentic. He is seen saving Cloud from Hojo’s analysis lab (Hojo was experimenting on Cloud Mako and Sephiroth cells) and, carrying a comatose Cloud, making a run for Midgar. However he is additionally seen gunned down by Shinra soldiers.
When you performed Disaster Core, this scene is etched into your thoughts. That recreation ends with you as Zack taking up waves of Soldiers solely to be ultimately taken down, and Cloud slowly coming to as he crawls to Zack’s corpse.
Components of this scene characteristic, nearly body for body, in 7 Remake. Besides, as talked about above, Zack completely lives. Hero standing confirmed. Besides he seems to be in a distinct dimension than the remainder of the gang, as evidenced by the completely different Stamp mascot.
Nevertheless, there is a transient second the place Zack is seen strolling towards Midgar as he carries Cloud. On the identical time Aerith, in the identical spot however in a distinct timeline, walks away from Midgar. She senses his presence.
So Zack will certainly be part of the sequel. However to what extent? He is a significant character within the lore of Remaining Fantasy 7, even when he isn’t a significant character of the unique Remaining Fantasy 7. So seeing him once more could be good, however some followers will certainly see it as robbing Zack’s authentic demise scene of its super emotion.
When will this recreation come out?
Going into 7 Remake, there have been two key questions on its sequels. First, what number of would there be? And second, when would they arrive out?
We’ve neither reply. A naive a part of me hoped that 7 Remake would comprise some form of secret ending that, on the finish, would comprise a launch window for the sequel. That was by no means going to occur, but it surely’s exhausting having no clue when half two will launch. With franchises like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, sequel launch dates are recognized forward of time.
Contemplating how stunning 7 Remake was — which is to say, what number of manhours probably went into its creation — it is exhausting to see a sequel popping out anytime quickly. That is very true since, presumably, it will launch on the PlayStation 5 (and presumably the Xbox Collection X).
All we will do is cross our fingers Sq. Enix can develop sooner than George RR Martin can write.
7 Seconds ‘until what?
Essentially the most cryptic a part of 7 Remake’s ending got here when Sephiroth transports Cloud and himself to Fringe of Creation, an space that appears strikingly just like the situation of Cloud and Sephiroth’s showdown.
Right here, with the Whispers eradicated, Sephiroth beseeches Cloud to hitch him. Sephiroth’s plan within the authentic is to hit the planet with Meteor, main the planet to heal itself by opening up the lifestream. From there, Sephiroth will bounce in, immersing himself with the planet’s vitality and make himself a god. Perhaps he thinks Cloud and he himself will be God Bros?
However Cloud says no, bro, and so they duel. Sephiroth will get the higher hand, knocking Cloud’s sword into the space. He then slithers up behind Cloud. “Seven seconds until the top. Time sufficient for you, maybe. However what’s going to you do with it? Let’s examine.” He disappears.
There isn’t any actual solution to know what that is in reference to. But when I used to be paid to guess, and I’m, I might say this has one thing to do with the ending of the unique Remaining Fantasy 7.
In that recreation, Sephiroth has many types. You combat him as Bizarro-Sephiroth after which Safer Sephiroth. The precise final battle within the recreation, although, is simply common ol’ Sephiroth — shirtless, for some purpose. It is Cloud versus Sephiroth in an unloseable battle: The sport prompts you to hit him with the Omnislash restrict break, you do, he dies.
In between Safer Sephiroth (who’s a lot tougher to beat) and Shirtless Sephiroth, you see Cloud journey via some gentle tube factor. It is implied and speculated that after defeating Sephiroth’s bodily type (Safer Sephiroth), Cloud traveled into the lifestream itself to kill Sephiroth correctly.
He wanted to do that as a result of Sephiroth was mortally wounded by Cloud earlier than Remaining Fantasy 7 (thus why he is presumed lifeless throughout the first a part of the sport) however survived by submerging himself within the lifestream.
Some theorize that Sephiorth’s “Seven seconds until the top” is a reference to this, that the whole lot of seven Remake and subsequent video games takes place inside Cloud’s thoughts throughout the time we see Cloud descending into the lifestream within the authentic.
Extra probably, it is full gibberish which may solely is smart in seven years’ time.