Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Will Feature Expanded Rufus Focus; New Episodes Digging Deeper into His Character

In an interview with outlet Inverse, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth creative director Tetsuya Nomura announced that Rufus Shinra will receive expanded focus in this entry, similar to Avalanche in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In particular, Nomura said the following:

“We won’t be making immense departures from the original. With Remake, we went further in-depth into Avalanche in ways that were not done in the original. This will be done for Rufus as well. He will have some sort of new episodes that do not exist in the original, where we will get to know more about him and dig deeper.”

This is a pretty exciting notion since Rufus has always been a character with plenty going on in the background that we never see the full extent of, chiefly in the compilation material.

Here’s hoping these additional Rufus episodes add further clarity and depth to this multi-faceted antagonist. Check out Inverse’s interview for additional details.

In case you missed it, check out our full preview of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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.

Check out our latest coverage for additional details.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on PlayStation 4, with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, which includes the Yuffie episode, available on PlayStation 5 and PC.

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