IGN recently interviewed select Final Fantasy VII Rebirth staff, namely creative director Tetsuya Nomura, producer Yoshinori Kitase, and director Naoki Hamaguchi. In one particular exchange, Hamaguchi confirmed that Vincent will not be a playable character and will instead be an accompanying one, like how Red XIII was in Final Fantasy VII Remake.
You can view the relevant question and response below:
IGN: In the trailer today, we saw a glimpse of Vincent popping out and saying hello. Will he be playable in this game or is he just a companion?
Naoki Hamaguchi: In terms of whether or not Vincent will be a playable character, he will be more of an accompanying character to the party in terms of Rebirth. So this will be similar to how Red XIII was in Remake.
You can check out IGN’s full interview for additional details.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the sequel to the first entry in this ongoing Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy effort. This new entry is far more ambitious than the first, set to occur until The Forgotten Capital from the original game.
Players can look forward to playable Cait Sith and Red XIII, with Vincent also revealed, though not extensively. Gold Saucer will be a prominently featured location with plenty of minigames. Speaking of, the Junon infiltration minigame has been significantly enhanced, with Cloud directing soldiers to form specific compositions. Further, Sephiroth will be playable during the Nibelheim flashback.
Combat has undergone a shakeup, with new synergy attacks utilizing multiple party members, and Red XIII has a unique revenge gauge mechanic. However, it’s worth noting that Wutai will not be featured in this new entry, with it set to arrive in the third and final part of the trilogy.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will launch for PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024, on two discs.
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