Final Fantasy 7 Remake scenario writer hopes we don’t mind seeing the depths of Cloud

Final Fantasy VII’s protagonist seems like the ultimate badass when you first meet him. He has a massive sword, he can kill guards with a single blow and he has this don’t care attitude as he does his work. Also, his eyes glow because of a procedure that makes him stronger than a normal human. But then we get to know him.

That cool, uncaring loner is a part of Cloud’s armour, and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima is a bit worried that fans won’t accept him in the remake, because we are going to see a lot more of the depths of Cloud.

Cloud’s depths have been explored and hinted at in games and movies since FF7 released, and now with a return to the game, Nojima is going deep with the rewrites and extra space on offer in Midgar.

“He is quite complicated, not a cheerful soul. He keeps a lot inside. There is something I want to tell people, but I am also a little nervous about saying. For this game, I have gone much deeper into the inner psychology of Cloud, the main character. 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 façade can often slip. Because he wants people to accept him and respect him, he puts up a front. So, when he doesn’t know something, he just goes ‘not interested.’ I have written him in a way that makes you think that ‘not interested’ might not be a cool thing to say, but can sometimes be a bit lame. That’s something I wanted to convey. That’s a personal challenge I set for myself. But at the same time, I am nervous about whether the fans will accept that or not.”

Episode two of Inside Final Fantasy VII Remake covers this and more if you have some time to spare.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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