FFVII Buster Sword

FFVII Developers Share That Barret Can Lift the Buster Sword

Square Enix is releasing a series of interviews with various members of the Final Fantasy VII Remake development team. The first interview went into detail regarding how the team went about creating the script, which was mostly based on feelings, and answered the question as to whether or not Barret could lift the iconic Buster Sword from FFVII.

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In short, the answer is yes. However, Character Modeling Director Maasaki Kazeno said that Barret being able to lift the Buster Sword is very different from wielding it.

If you extrapolate this difference in terms of simple physical strength, then yes, Barret does look like he could lift and chop with the Buster Sword in one hand.

However, that is a very different thing to asking if he could wield it as a weapon. If we assume that the Buster Sword is made from iron then it would be a gigantic sword that weighs around 40kg and there would be many factors required to actually wield it effectively, other than just brawn.

He went on to mention how impressive it is that Cloud is able to wield the weapon. The interview also delved into the stance Cloud takes in Punisher Mode, one of the combat stances he has in the game. And Battle Director Teruki Endo stated that despite the similarities to Sephiroth’s stance when using the Masamune, the way Cloud wields the Buster Sword in FFVII Remake by comparison was coincidence.

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available to play on PC through Steam very soon. The announcement came through the Final Fantasy VII 25th anniversary broadcast. It also featured information on the next installment of the remake trilogy, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on PlayStation 4, with the Intergrade version came to the PlayStation 5 and PC via Epic Games Store in 2021. FFVII Remake Intergrade will come to the PC via Steam on June 17, 2022.


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