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Yuffie and Vincent Are No Longer Optional in FFVII Rebirth

In a recent interview, FFVII Rebirth Director Naoki Hamaguchi and Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura talked about characters Yuffie Kisaragi and Vincent Valentine. In the original Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie and Vincent were optional party members. However, in the upcoming FFVII Rebirth and the third part of the trilogy project, they will be featured as main mandatory party members. [Thanks, Game Spark!]

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When asked about the involvement of Vincent and Yuffie in the story of FFVII Rebirth, Hamaguchi said:

“In the original game, there were some characters who were not required to join in the story. But in this new game, we wanted to properly depict their relationships, so they will definitely appear and be involved in the script. There are also many situations depicting the bonds between everyone in the party, so I’m sure fans will be pleased.”

Meanwhile, Tetsuya Nomura responded with the following statement:

“Yuffie and Vincent, who were not mandatory party members for a variety of reasons, are now confirmed as main companions. Both character’s presence in the original game was toned down, and being able to depict them as part of the main crew added depth to their relationships.”

A hint of the two characters inclusion in the main party was Yuffie’s expanded role in Episode Intermission, which appeared in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for the PS5 and PC. Her new involvement in the Midgar episode of FFVII Rebirth gave the character a deeper motivation to join Avalanche’s members in stopping Shinra and Sephiroth.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is coming out for the PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024. The period of exclusivity ends on May 29, 2024.

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