Red XIII Will Not Be A Party Member In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Fans of Red XIII are going to be disappointed as co-director Naoki Hamaguchi revealed in a new interview with VG247 that Red XIII would not be a party member and therefore would not be playable in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Players of the original Final Fantasy VII will remember Red XIII joins Cloud and the rest of the party at the end of the Midgar section of the game. However, changes have been made in Final Fantasy VII Remake and where the remake actually ends is one of them. As Final Fantasy VII Remake ends when the Midgar section of the original game ends. Because of this, the team opted to not have Red XIII join the party and be a playable character but instead only have him join as a guest character.

Naoki Hamaguchi said the following “We felt the point at which Red XIII joins the party in the story is very late on so we thought okay, if we’re gonna have him as a full character and try and get the player to enjoy his character development arc and growth as a character through that, it’s not really enough time to do that,” Hamaguchi continued by saying, “We thought that the best way to have him involved was as a guest character. Normally throughout the game, you’ll be playing as a three-man party, but you will have him as a guest character that fights alongside you during the last part of the story.”

While Cloud, Barret, Tifa, and Aerith will all be party members and playable in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. Red XIII will only be a guest character and therefore be solely AI controlled. This may come as a let down to some, but given where Final Fantasy VII Remake ends perhaps it’s for the best the Red XIII isn’t playable.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released for the PS4 on April 10. If you’ve yet to pre-order the game you can do so over on Amazon and for more information about Final Fantasy VII Remake check back here on FrameLag.