Is the FFVII Remake also a sequel?

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The day has finally come. Every Final Fantasy fan has dreamt of a high def Final Fantasy VII back during the PS3 years. Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Square Enix has finally announced a Final Fantasy VII Remake a month ago during Sony’s E3 Press Conference. The announcement has brought much excitement, but also a few questions.

In an interview with Dengeki Online, Tetsuya Nomura has gone on to say this about the FF7 Remake:

I can’t share too much for now, but it won’t be a simple remake. If we were to simply just make the graphics look pretty for the new generation consoles, I don’t think it could surpass the original version. If that’s what you wanted, I think it’d be enough to just play the original International version on PlayStation 4, and it would be satisfying enough.

Now, this quote really stood out to me, considering the trailer had a few clues in it hinting at something more than just FF7. I bring this up because I believe what we saw was more than just a remake announcement. Is it possible that Square Enix has plans beyond the story elements of FF7? Perhaps the works of a sequel to continue after the events of FF7? Seeing as consoles now are capable of impressive graphics (the trailer looked better than FF7: Advent Children), this could be a good opportunity for Square Enix to bridge the game to its sequel movie. Below is the trailer; see if you can hear the clues.

The biggest hint is the narrator’s speech being in past tense, as if what happened already did and he’s retelling a story. The second clue is this quote, “The memory of the fallen star that threatened all burns eternally in our hearts.” Is the narrator talking about Meteor? And if he is, it sounds as if he’s retelling the events that led to Meteor and their survival against Sephiroth’s wrath. That conflict led to the destruction of Midgar, as seen in Advent Children, which had the survivors building the city Edge. Why else would the fallen star burn into their hearts considering it nearly wiped out the planet?

The part about the people “encountered are not forgotten” could allude to Cloud and friends during their travels and everyone they met and ended up saving. Could also be about the people lost during the conflict. It can even be about Sephiroth’s wrath when hunting down the clones created after his supposed death.

From there, another quote stands out, “After the long calm, there are now the beginnings of a stir.” What exactly could that be referencing? One possible scenario is the 2-year gap between FF7 and Advent Children, given that everything seemed fine until Kadaj attempts to resurrect Sephiroth and summoned Bahamut in the process to attack the city Edge.

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The final quote, “The reunion at hand can bring joy, it may bring fear. But let us embrace whatever it brings. For they are coming back. At last, the promise has been made,” can be about the group coming back together after the events of FF7. It may not necessarily be foreshadowing Advent Children, but something that happens in between.

It’s possible that given the FF7 Remake isn’t just a simple HD upgrade, but almost whole new game, where Square Enix is giving us something more to FF7. This could be the reason why the company has waited so long to give the fans what we wanted. Instead of just giving in, they decided to deliver something bigger. Imagine playing FF7 with a grander story that leads into Advent Children and even completes it! It’s hard to say now where this will take us, and most likely we won’t know until we start playing, but for sure Square Enix will make the wait well worth it.

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