The Final Fantasy VII Remake devs say there are "extra layers of detail" for Midgar

By Heidi Nicholas,
The devs for the Final Fantasy VII Remake dive into the story and characters in a new video, detailing the process behind creating these characters and designing their interactions.


The second episode of "Inside Final Fantasy VII Remake" features Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Kazushige Nojima from Story & Scenario, Co-Director of Scenario Design Motomu Toriyama, and Co-Director of Game Design / Programming Naoki Hamaguchi. Speaking about the original game, Kitase said he'd actually forgotten a lot about it, and remembered the story in Midgar being much longer than it actually is. As a result, he says, "I want people to experience the iconic city of Midgar closer to how I had remembered it", and adds that they've "put great effort into going even deeper into Midgar" in the remake with "new elements and extra layers of detail".

Meanwhile, Nojima says that he went a lot deeper into the psychology of the main character, Cloud Strife. "There is something that I want to tell people, but I am also a little nervous about saying", he continues. "In the original, I depicted him as a cool and stylish character. However, this time, he can miss the mark and be a little cringe-worthy at times. His cool facade can often slip." Speaking about the other characters, the devs said they "tried hard to show the very subtle and sensitive side" to heroine Tifa Lockhart, and that in the remake, they'll "reveal quite a major untold part" of the past of Aerith Gainsborough.

The video, which you can see above, continues to discuss the story and character in further detail. The game's demo, which already has a five star rating from over 14,500 reviews, is still available, while the full game itself releases on 10th April.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!