Final Fantasy VII Remake expands greatly as the player spends time in the starting city Midgar. The change in pacing allows Square Enix to give players a deeper insight into the lives of the residents of Midgar. Similarly, spending more time with the original cast of characters: Barrett, Aerith, and Tifa, means the game can expand their relationship a little more thoroughly. That’s the crux of the most recent problem FFVII remake Reviewed blog entry, revisit Chapter 10: Raw waters.
As with previous articles, the blog features details from the development team, which includes Producer Yuma Watanabe, Combat Director Teruki Endo, Lighting Director Iichiro Yamaguchi, Co-director Motomu Toriyama, and Co-director Naoki Hamaguchi.
Note: This blog and post contains spoilers for Chapter 10 of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
In FFVII remake Chapter 10 coincides with the party’s escape in the sewers of Midgar, which follows against Don Corneo. Tifa, Aerith, and Cloud must return to the Sector 7 Slums to prevent a catastrophe: Shinra’s plan to collapse the sign above it, destroying the entire vicinity. The drain section was rather small in the original game, but the development team wanted players to spend a little more time on the “suffocating and gloomy area” to enhance the sense of accomplishment that comes with leaving it at the end.
According to Toriyama, the original game gave Tifa and Aerith very little time to interact face-to-face while in Midgar. Thus, the sewer situation provided an opportunity for the pair to accomplish something together, beyond their interactions in the cutscenes. The result is a water pump minigame. The original minigame was not included in FFVII remakewas the script, but Hamaguchi impressed the group with the “importance of inserting a Tifa and Aerith collaboration mission” there.
The team also expands on things like Aerith’s gameplay in FFVII remake, as well as the sewer area’s signature boss battle, with Abzu. Check out the full blog at this link.
Final Fantasy VII Remake available on PC, PS4 and PS5. Next part, Final Fantasy VII Rebirthis being developed.