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News video games 22 December 2023, 04:09

author: Adam Adamczyk

Square Enix Leaves No Hope Concerning Aerith's Fate in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

The fate of a beloved character from Final Fantasy VII is unlikely to change in Rebirth. Tetsuya Nomura has commented on the subject. Spoiler Warning!

Source: Square Enix

NOTES: Although FF7 was originally released in 1997, the story point taken up in this text is still considered one of the biggest spoilers in gaming history. Therefore, we decided to include a box at the beginning of the text to warn of possible spoilers.

Final Fantasy VII from 1997 was memorable for, among other things, its deep story, great music or an infamously tragic event involving one of the characters. Released in 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake re-told part of the story of the popular characters, while Rebirth, which will debut on the PS5 console on February 29, 2024, is their continuation. At the same time, quite a few people were hoping that one of their beloved characters - Aerith Gainsborough - would meet a different fate this time. However, the words of the game's creator do not inspire optimism in this regard.

Death will be permanent

Recently I informed about the fact that Game Informer had the opportunity to play a fragment of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, as well as conduct an interview with the game's creator Tetsuya Nomura. Among other things, he spoke about the death of characters in the game and hinted that when it comes to Aerith, the situation will be similar to that from the 1997 original.

"I believe loss is something that happens unexpectedly, it's not something so dramatic or drawn outm but is something in which a person you that you have just conversed with is suddenly gone and never to come back. I believe that the person who dies should not return in this title, and that's is what we did with the original.|

- Tetsuya Nomura

I would like to remind that the plot of Rebirth, which will debut on February 29, 2024, will end in Forgotten Capital, which is where the tragic event occurs in the original. Despite Nomura's statement, players are still hopeful that Aerith's fate will be different (if only here), because in Final Fantasy VII Remake we witnessed many differences from the original. However, all indications are that it will be in vain.

Finally, I would add that the age rating of the game on ESRB's website can also be considered as a clue. In the rating's summary we read:

"Cutscenes depict further instances of violence, sometimes with splatters/pools of blood: characters impaled or slashed by swords, sometimes with slow-motion effects."

Adam Adamczyk

Adam Adamczyk

Has been writing professionally since 2013. In 2021, he joined, where in addition to gaming topics, he deals with strictly technological information. Worked with the largest music stores in Poland, creating articles related to instruments and generally understood sound design. Interested in computer games since childhood. On top of that, his interests include playing the guitar, composing music, and strength sports.