Square Enix is one step closer to completing the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, at least story-wise. Voices for the main story are almost complete, as teased by Square Enix devs working on the plot. This means the tale of Cloud and his friends is indeed slowly coming to life – at least, to current generation consoles.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the re-imagining of the critically-acclaimed Final Fantasy 7. It is the seventh entry of Square Enix’s popular Final Fantasy franchise of role-playing games (RPG). In fact, the game was so positively received that it is still considered one of the most popular titles not just within Final Fantasy but perhaps of all of gaming.
Players who are waiting for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake hope to see some of the old game’s features recreated for the PlayStation 4. This includes details such as the movie cutscenes and realistic environments. Now, it seems players are one step closer to seeing these themselves.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Voice Acting Details
The news came from a recent interview with Yoshinori Kitase in the latest Dengeki PlayStation issue. According to tweets from @aibo_ac7 (1) (2) (as interpreted and reported by Gematsu), voice acting on the game’s main story is “almost complete.” This is big news as it does not say “underway” — Kitase actually said that it will almost be finished.
Putting it into perspective, the original release of Final Fantasy 7 for the PlayStation 1 can take up to 40 hours to complete. According to How Long to Beat, completionists – or those who want to “complete” the game down to all collectibles and features – can take 90 hours.
Kitase’s announcement means voice acting for what was then three discs’ worth of gameplay and story is now almost done. Unfortunately, Square Enix still has not revealed any launch details for the game. Fans do know it is a PlayStation 4 release so far.
Prima Games provides a list of the complete cast of the Remake, with the main ones as follows:
Maaya Sakamoto (Persona 3, God Eater) returns as the voice of Aerith as she did in Kingdom Hearts. She also starred as the Japanese voice actress for Lightning in Final Fantasy 13. Her English voice counterpart, Mena Suvari, also voiced Aerith in Kingdom Hearts 2.
Masahiro Kobayashi returns as the Japanese voice actor for Barrett in the game, as he did in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7. His English counterpart, John Billingslea (Dynasty Warriors, Naruto), has also voiced Barrett in Dirge of Cerberus.
Takahiro Sakurai has had significant experience in the video game voice acting industry. He has voiced characters for more than 60 games, and will return as Cloud’s Japanese voice actor. His English counterpart, Steve Burton, has voiced Cloud in a variety of games as well.
Toshiyuki Morikawa (JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure, Breath of Fire) will be voicing Sephiroth for the Remake. His English counterpart, George Newbern, has previously voiced Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts 2, Advent Children and Crisis Core.
Ayumi Ito will be Tifa Lockheart’s Japanese voice actress, as she was in Kingdom Hearts 2 and Dirge of Cerberus. Her English counterpart, Racheal Leigh Cook, also voiced Tifa in Advent Children.
Story, More Teasers
Kitase teased a few more features in the game’s story versus other companion pieces for the classic game. He explained that the game is taking time due to “substantial preparedness.” He also noted that the Cloud in this game is the Cloud before Advent Children, meaning he is Cloud at his prime.
This also helps newcomers and confused fans “ground” the story of Advent Children and other Final Fantasy 7 games. After all, Advent Children is a film a few years after the main game’s events. It tells a future with Sephiroth’s “children,” and a retired Cloud and his peers fighting them.
He also said that Sephiroth’s appearance in the recent key visual is something for fans to ponder on. After all, that Sephiroth’s appearance is relatively new compard to his previous iterations. The winged Sephiroth was popularized by Advent Children and the Crisis Core game. However, this was explained more as a mutation and nothing more. Could Kitase be hinting towards something new in the story?