Square Enix Explains the Significance of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Key Art

During the vast wave of new Final Fantasy VII Rebirth information yesterday, brand new key art for the game by Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura was revealed. The gorgeous illustration depicts Cloud Strife, Zack Fair, and Sephiroth.

The official press release provided contextual elucidation regarding this new artwork, quoted below:

“Created by Creative Director, Tetsuya Nomura, the new artwork represents the three worlds that form the axis of the story in FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH.

Sephiroth is in the center, as he represents the instigator of the events of the past. Cloud and Zack are on the side as they represent their destinies being torn apart by Sephiroth. The image of blood, fire, and red that evokes Sephiroth, stains the sky and spreads over the world. The subtle red shade in the logo of this work is also inspired by the same imagery.”

This is a pretty intriguing passage that makes the intention of the piece immensely clearer. With Zack depicted here, as well as the seemingly two-worlds phenomenon going on, we’re in for quite a ride.

Square Enix does seem to have a thing for gorgeous skies on their box art. Kingdom Hearts III and NEO: The World Ends with You come to mind…

You can view the full key art for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth below:

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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.

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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