FF7 Remake Co-Director Motomu Toriyama has explained the Advent Children connection involving the three Whispers battled at the end of the game.
The Co-Director of Final Fantasy VII Remake has explained the game’s mysterious connection to Advent Children, as seen near the end of the story. FF7 Remake referenced the FF7 spin-offs that were released after the original game, allowing characters who didn’t exist at the time to be integrated into the new timeline.
There are several FF7 prequels that were referenced in FF7 Remake, as story elements from both Before Crisis and Crisis Core are mentioned in the game. The FF7 sequels also had a surprising amount of representation in the story of FF7 Remake, with characters from The Kids Are Alright novel being part of the main story, and members of Deepground from Dirge of Cerberus appearing in the INTERmission DLC. These FF7 spin-off elements mostly exist for fan service reasons, such as giving FF7‘s Cloud Strife the chance to fight Weiss for the first time, as that didn’t happen during the events of Dirge of Cerberus.
Advent Children was an FF7 sequel movie released in 2005, and it was barely referenced in FF7 Remake, though fans did notice an odd connection to the film. At the end of FF7 Remake, the party fights three Whispers, called Whisper Rebrum, Viridi, and Croceo, whose fighting styles matched Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo from Advent Children. The Assess Materia even mentions their connection to the future. FF7 Remake Co-Director Motomu Toriyama explained the link in an interview on the official Square Enix website, stating that “The Whispers are capable of forming monsters from all the memories in the flow of time, and I think that includes the characters who exist or will exist in the timeline as well.”
FF7 Remake’s Whispers Can Access The Flow Of Time
It seems that the Whispers, in their desperation, were able to call on the forms and fighting styles of different people throughout history, including people who don’t exist yet. It’s clear this was just FF7 Remake‘s way of alluding to Advent Children, as it would have been tough to include Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo in the game. There were other powerful characters who could have appeared as references, such as Elfe from Before Crisis or Rosso the Crimson from Dirge of Cerberus, but it was probably the right call to restrict the boss fight to three recognizable characters who likely won’t be appearing in future games.
FF7 Remake ended with the characters breaking free from their fates in the original game. This means FF7 Rebirth and its unnamed sequel have the chance to go in a bold new direction with their story, which means there’s a good chance that the events of Advent Children won’t happen in the new storyline. The next time Advent Children content will appear will likely be in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis on mobile phones, as it will cover the events of every part of the original Final Fantasy VII timeline.
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Source: Square Enix