Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer teases major Aerith twist

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer teases major Aerith twist
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Joseph Kime

Published 

7th Feb 2024 10:55

Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7 remake series clearly isn't happy with just remaking the classic game, great though that may be - no, they want their hands in the story itself.

The narrative has been subtly shifting along the course of its remake, but never to a degree where it has a dramatic impact on the story. Fans are expecting that these shifts are merely laying the groundwork for changes that will alter Final Fantasy forever.

Players think they've found another hint at the biggest change that Square Enix could choose to make, as the latest Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer teases a remix for one of the most iconic video game moments of all time. 

SPOILER WARNING This article contains major spoilers for Final Fantasy 7

Final Fantasy 7 teases major Aerith twist

Final Fantasy fanatics have been wondering how Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth intends to deal with the iconic death of Aerith, where we watch the fan-favourite character skewered like a kebab by Sephiroth - and the presiding theory is that we simply won't.

The fate of Aerith has been left in the air by recent trailers hinting that Tifa could be the one to die in her place, and now, a new look at the game has indicated once again that Aerith could walk free of her fate.

The February 6' State of Play has Cloud and co. gather at the Forgotten Capital, where we usually see Sephiroth kill Aerith. Cloud screams and tries to counter an attack from Sephiroth, leading players to wonder if this could be the attack that finishes off Cloud's friend.

There's still a chance that Aerith could suffer at the end of Sephiroth's obnoxiously long sword (compensating for anything, mate?), and Cloud's counter could yet fail, but we're just going to have to wait and see.

Does FF7 Rebirth have the nerve to kill Aerith?

Aerith as she appears in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
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Fans are debating if the team will actually wave goodbye to Aerith, but one of the biggest things standing in the way of Square Enix following through on the plan is that the death of Aerith is perhaps one of the most iconic in gaming history.

The moment is cited by many as an indication that Final Fantasy series could hold emotional intelligence, and millions of fans claim that it was the first time a game had ever made them cry. For the remake to pull the rug in order to make itself feel fresh would undoubtedly lead to accusations of it being a cheap move.

There's a strong collection of Final Fantasy fans that would be devastated by the change - but equally, there are others who would love to see the alternate universe in which Aerith made it out of the encounter. Only time will tell how things end, but one thing’s for sure, and it's that some are going to be very unhappy.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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