Asuka Yoshikawa, Aerith’s mocap actress in Final Fantasy VII Remake, revealed some really interesting news on her official Twitter account. According to the translated version by Twitter user Audrey, Yoshikawa and Sephiroth’s mocap actor recently completed a four hour long session together:
FF7R Aerith's mocap actress did a 4 hour shoot w/ Sephiroth's mocap actor. She writes:
"I finished a 4hr shoot w/ Sephiroth’s motion actor yesterday! The staff praised us! I’ll be working today too.
Thanks for your Christmas messages + gifts. I enjoyed them in between shoots." pic.twitter.com/LYCkd2A5Hm
— ☆オードリーAudrey☆ (@aitaikimochi) December 26, 2020
And here’s the original tweet from Yoshikawa:
— 𠮷川亜州香 (@asukayoshikawa) December 24, 2020
While I’m sure fellow OG fans of the game are thinking of that scene in particular, filming of the scene wouldn’t make much sense to happen so early on. Not to mention the sheer length of the session, as well as the fact that Remake has been playing fast and loose with canon events, and it seems that we might some unique and very interesting interactions between Aerith and Sephiroth coming up in the second game. It’s also interesting that she mentioned the staff praising them both, which hints at a possible difficult or emotional scene between them.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase appeared with Cloud’s Buster Sword when Final Fantasy VII Remake won its Grand Award at the PlayStation Partner Awards 2020 Japan Asia. Square Enix also announced Remake has shipped over five million copies worldwide, digitally and physically. The game is also now the highest selling digital game Square Enix ever developed on a PlayStation platform.
As revealed by the official Square Enix music account Final Fantasy VII Remake OST Plus launched December 23rd in Japan. You can preorder the OST here. And for more goodies, a new guidebook was launched in Japan, titled the Final Fantasy VII Remake Material Ultimania. The book was released on October 29th, and includes artwork, CG artwork, planning documents, storyboards, liner notes for the music, interviews with the voice actors, and more.
The director of Remake Tetsuya Nomura was the one to propose the original Final Fantasy VII’s most shocking moment. As previously revealed, Final Fantasy VII Remake has many new elements to it and Scenarist Kazushige Nojima even explains how he rewrote Cloud for the remake. We also translated comments from Nojima about how Final Fantasy VII influenced Final Fantasy VIII. In an interview posted through Square Enix, Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi and Kitase talk about their reasoning behind making some bold changes for the remake of such a beloved game — namely why Sephiroth was introduced so early in the game. We also translated the short film made to promote the remake. Square Enix, meanwhile, is currently working on the second and possibly last episode.
Final Fantasy VII Remake finally released on April 10th after a one month delay and you can purchase the game from Amazon here. Check out our extremely comprehensive review of the title here. I wrote a pretty comprehensive beginner’s guide for players just starting out (including some handy Materia and weapon builds for Tifa) but you can also check out this incredibly intricate and damaging combo to see why proper character builds matter in Remake.
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