There’s a lot more besides – we see flashes of the bike chase battle sequence, running up the hilariously long Shinra HQ staircase, and the Leviathan Summon. Social media has already lit up with positive responses to how much familiar content is making it into the remake.
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However, the original game’s Midgar section is around 5 hours long, and we know Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be the length of a traditional game, which means perhaps more interesting are the shots that seem to confirm changes to the original.
Primarily, we see meetings and battles with antagonist Jenova that don’t fit in the original Midgar section, while a scene with Sephiroth – who is all but absent from FF7’s opening sections – also looks out of place.
We also see Cloud wielding what looks like the Mythril Saber rather than his Buster Sword, which he doesn’t acquire until after the Midgard section in the original. Similarly, Leviathan only becomes available in Disc 2 of the original game.
One of these moments seems to be taking place in Nibelheim, which doesn’t fit Remake’s supposed timeline. It could be that the Remake extends further into the story than previously expected, or includes a flashback (not unlike the opening to Final Fantasy 15), but the presence of Barret in the same shots could mean these are hallucinations or dream sequences of some kind.It’s a puzzle fans are already trying to piece together, and social media will be a more fascinating place for the next few weeks as people get to grips with what they’re being shown.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released on April 10 after receiving a short delay. If you’ve had a pre-order, make sure it’s still coming, as Square Enix may cancel it.