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.