Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth isn’t going to stick to the script of the original game, we know that for certain. For starters, everyone’s favorite himbo Zack Fair is alive and well, and it’s already been stated by creative director Tetsuya Nomura that the remake trilogy will attempt to bring in certain story elements from spinoffs and movies such as Advent Children.
With the spinoffs come a whole cast of new characters too, and director Naoki Hamaguchi has now confirmed that Zack won’t be the only spinoff character to feature in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. In an interview with Tech Raptor, Hamaguchi acknowledges that certain characters from the spinoff titles like Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus are very popular among fans, and that there are currently plans to include a select few in Rebirth.
Without again providing any major spoilers, besides Zack, who was not in the original Final Fantasy VII but will be making an appearance here, there’s going to be other characters from FFVII spinoffs that will be appearing in Rebirth as well.
Hamaguchi doesn’t drop any names, but there is a fairly large pool of characters to choose from. Genesis is a prime candidate, the big bad guy of Crisis Core who is collected by Deepground after being defeated by Zack. Deepground features heavily in the Episode Intermission DLC for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as do Weiss and Nero from Dirge of Cerberus.
Cissnei is another good shout, a member of the Turks who plays a key role in Crisis Core. She’s almost never seen in any other Final Fantasy 7 games besides a brief appearance in Before Crisis, despite her general popularity, and her whereabouts after the events of Crisis Core have pretty much remained a mystery to this day. Angeal and Lazar are another two characters from Crisis Core that are close to Zack, though the deaths of both make them fairly unlikely.
Of course, Hamaguchi doesn’t even mention how important these spinoff characters will be to the story. Weiss was included in Episode Intermission, but only featured as an optional superboss rather than a character with any meaningful impact on the story. It could be that Genesis shows up in a combat simulator somewhere and that’s the extent of it.
We’ll unforunately have to settle for simple theorizing for now though, as Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is still a little over four months away, releasing on January 26, 2024. We’ll have to settle for these occasional info drops for now, but they do reveal more and more details each time. For example, it was recently revealed that players won’t be starting at Level 1 in Rebirth, but will instead start at the average level players were when they left Midgar in the original.
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