INTERMEDIATE OF THE EPISODE,starring Yuffie Kisaragi, it’s worth playing if you enjoyed last year’s blockbuster. Yuffie is as adorable as ever and has a distinctive fighting style that is both graceful to behold and satisfying to employ. Perhaps most importantly, the -The exclusive story hints at what’s to come in the remake’s sequel.
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy 7 Remake,where EPISODE INTERmission ends (hereinafter “Yuffie’s DLC”, for the good of all). It’s great news, but if you’ve played the Yuffie DLC and seen its ending, you might not know what the ending will be. half. So let’s break it down.
Needless to say, but: spoilers below.
Deepground, the deep cut from Final Fantasy
There are two parts of the Yuffie DLC to break down. The final stretch of the game, in which you are introduced to a new band of bad boys, and the post-game scenes, leading up to Final Fantasy Remake Part 2.
First, the bad guys: Deepground. Deepground is a secret branch of SOLIDER (which is Shinra’s military wing), one that was actually introduced into the 2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 game starring Vincent Valentine. The leaders of Deepground are elite warriors known as Tsviets, and the leader of the Tsviets is Weiss.
We see Weiss experimenting on Yuffie’s DLC in Shinra’s basement levels. He doesn’t seem at all concerned with Shinra’s “idiots” trying to clone him, and summons his younger brother, Nero, to go “hunting”. That’s obviously bad news for Yuffie and Sonon, who face Nero as the final boss in the DLC. After a tough battle, you almost escape, before Nero emerges from the darkness. stabs Sonon and retrieves his body. Yuffie escapes, but Sonon is lost, and will likely return in Part 2 as a Deepground experiment.
The bottom line about all of this is that Dirge of Cerberus, where Deepground, Weiss, Nero, and the rest of the Tsiviets were introduced, happened after the events of the original game. For the group to perform here obviously means that they will be a part of Remake Part 2, which means you can expect significant changes to the rhythms of the story.
After Sonon’s “death”, Yuffie escapes in time to see Sector 7 explode and collapse in the slums.
Remake tries the alternate reality
The postgame scenes take us back to Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Yuffie, and Red XIII. They have some jokes about long walks and how Midgar is a junk city, then they hitchhike to the nearby town of Kalm. (Being picked up by Chocobo Bill, whom fans will remember from the original game.) This is all very well, but then we see something more interesting.
Zack Fair is outside Aerith’s church, practicing a “Hey, it’s been a while!” lines. After mentally recovering, he bursts through the gates to announce his return, only to find a church filled with Midgar citizens, probably taking refuge from the Sector 7 explosion.
Some quick reminders.
At the end of Final Fantasy 7 Remake,: The story we saw in the original game is a timeline, and we remake another. At the end of Remake, you destroy the Whisper Harbinger. The Whispers had made sure that each timeline flowed the same way, or, in other words, making sure that the remake’s story followed the original. Now that you killed the Whisper Harbinger, there is nothing to stop the story from deviating from the original. (This is probably important to Deepground’s plot as well.)
Second, Zack Fair was Cloud’s mentor and the protagonist of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, a prequel to the original. A first-class soldier, he dies at the end of Crisis Core, just before the events of Final Fantasy 7, when he is shot by dozens and dozens of Shinra infantry. (That’s a completely separate story, worth experiencing in Crisis Core if you have a PSP handy.) In Crisis Core we see that Zack had an affair with Aerith, so he is eager to visit her at Church.
Now this is the important part. This new scene with Zack Fair shows that he is alive and well, which is a huge change for the Final Fantasy 7 story. But what is still unclear is what reality he is alive in. At the end of Remake, as Zack recovers from the attack that left him dead in the other reality, we see a chip pack with Shinra’s seal mascot on it, but It’s noticeably different from the Stamp mascot we saw in Remake., which implies a different timeline. TO eagle-eyed fan on Reddit has pointed out that the church zack enters at the end of the Yuffie DLC is different, less dilapidated, than the one we see in remake.
So Zack is back, but we still don’t know what timeline he’s on.