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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Why this important location is missing in the remake

It’s a remake thing. Some fans want to experience the content of their favorite game as true to the original as possible, only technically up to date. Others welcome changes and innovations, and may even accept deletions. For them, this is a real remake. No matter which of the two groups you belong to, you may also have noticed that a not unimportant location from the original in Final Fantasy VII remake doesn’t show up.

We are talking about the hiding place of Avalanche. When you consider that the entire Final Fantasy VII remake is actually about the work of the resistance force, it’s pretty surprising. Access to the hiding place is in Tifa’s bar to the seventh heaven and you get knowledge of it during the game. In the original you will also enter the hiding place. In the remake, however, Avalanche Cloud asks to stay in the bar upstairs. You use the waiting time to play darts.

The original in the basement of the Seventh Heaven contained quite relevant content. So you learned from Jessie that she must have miscalculated when building her bomb. A news program is running to find out that Avalanche is responsible for the attack. There are plans on the wall, others are on the table. And Barret is hammering on a sandbag. A great scene for the remake, actually.

Why was the hiding place deleted?

So why did the development team make this decision? Of course, there is a reason for this, which Co-Director Motomu Toriyama now explained in an interview with Famitsu, translated by Aitai Kimochi. When asked what specific scene or dialogue he would have liked to see in the remake, Toriyama replied with Avalanche’s hiding place.

“The avalanche hiding place below the seventh heaven from the original game was an interesting area that impressed me,” explains Toriyama. “However, since Cloud is not very closely linked to Avalanche in the remake, we wanted to make the distance between him and the group clear. That’s why we have this scene [im Remake] let out. Although I really wanted to see Barret hit the sandbag in the remake, ”Toriyama continued. “I had to hold back,” he explains with a laugh.

Did you miss the avalanche hiding place in the remake?

And are there perhaps other scenes, small dialogues or areas from the original that you hoped for in vain in the remake? Do you think such deletions are okay if they fit into the context of the new game?

When the resistance force enters their hiding place, Cloud passes the time with a round of darts.

The current situation around Final Fantasy VII Remake Episode 2

Most recently, producer Yoshinori Kitase commented on the current situation regarding the second episode of Final Fantasy VII Remake and we have summarized this and the events so far in a large article. Nomura added this week that part 2 would be released as soon as possible. We also recently reported on Square Enix’s plans to “attract new players year round”.

Not surprisingly, when Square Enix’s sales figures should have convinced. In Germany the industry association game e. V. shortly after the release over 100,000 units of the Final Fantasy VII remake sold. In the meantime, the game is likely to move to the 200,000 units, but so far there has not been a sales award. Not even in June when The Last of Us Part II last cleared away.

Have you already finished the remake and the entire compilation and do you still want to learn more from the Final Fantasy VII universe? Then Tetsuya Nomura has a book tip for you.

via Famitsu, translated by Aitai Kimochi, images: Final Fantasy VII Remake, © 1997, 2020 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA / ROBERTO FERRARI. LOGO ILLUSTRATION: © 1997 YOSHITAKA AMANO

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