With the discharge of Remaining Fantasy VII Rebirth solely weeks away, it’s turning into abundantly clear that Sq. Enix is enjoying quick and free with the unique sport’s script. That was true of FF7 Remake, however the newest 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 this stuff and neither of this stuff. And due to one scene from the State of Play trailer, I’m additionally satisfied that it’s a sequel to the 1997 authentic.
This text incorporates spoilers for the unique Remaining Fantasy VII. You could have been warned.
Amongst the entire reveals included within the surprisingly spoiler-filled State of Play trailer is a scene that stands out because of the small particulars hinting in direction of one thing bigger happening. It takes place within the iconic Sector 5 Slums Church the place Cloud encounters Aerith for the second time after he falls via the roof and lands on a mattress of yellow flowers (which have since grow to be a recurring picture within the collection). The quick scene depicting a dialog between Aerith and Cloud solely lasts a couple of seconds however, importantly, Aerith appears barely totally different from how we often see her. Relatively 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 necessary moments in FF7: Aerith’s dying.
The center-wrenching second in FF7 has grow to be so well-known for emotionally scarring a era of avid gamers that there have been as soon as whispered rumors of a secret method 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 via 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 quick 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 each out into its personal prolonged RPG. However the imagery of Aerith and the white materia makes me assume this won’t 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 power and reminiscence of all residing issues on the planet. The expanded FF7 universe has established that sure souls who’ve handed on to hitch the Lifestream should still have an effect on the residing world via visions and even via bodily manifestations. Aerith does this in Creation Youngsters, showing to Cloud in a area 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 so as to assist him defeat Sephiroth. If that’s the case, that establishes the remake trilogy as not solely a retelling but in addition a sequel to the unique FF7. Regardless of the fact of this scene is, we received’t have to attend lengthy to seek out out since Remaining Fantasy VII Rebirth releases solely for PS5 on February 29.