Cloud Strife’s design changed for Final Fantasy VII Remake; Nomura says it's closest to the original


Fans who attended the “Farewell Stories” Final Fantasy 30th anniversary exhibition in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo got a first look at some new screenshots for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake alongside a surprise appearance from director Tetsuya Nomura.

The new screenshots were shown exclusively for those who attended the event, so unfortunately there are no images for us to see. However, fans were still able to share some details regarding the screenshots they saw and what the developers had to say about them.

Some fans revealed that there has been a change in Cloud’s design. According to the development leader Naoki Hamaguchi, this new design received the go-ahead from director Tetsuya Nomura, and while it was a struggle for the team, the hard work seems to have paid off. Nomura went as far as acknowledging the new design as “the closest design to the original [Cloud design] up until now.”

A fan described Cloud’s new look as “more natural.” Nomura and Hamaguchi mentioned that “while Cloud may look this way, he was a dork. I believe those of you who played the original will understand what I mean by saying he’s a dorky character.” According to Siliconera, it’s likely we will get to see more of the youthful side of Cloud in FFVIIR rather than the always-serious one we’ve seen outside the original game.

The four screenshots also showed other members of AVALANCHE, with one fan describing Biggs as “super handsome,” Wedge as “refreshingly chubby” and Jessie as “cute!”

The fans who had attended the event also mentioned that Square Enix will not be sharing these screenshots to the public for a while.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4.



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