Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will continue from where Remake left off, including the weird part where Zack Fair is alive and carrying an unconscious Cloud. Turns out Zack won’t just be cutscene fodder, as the beloved character will be playable in his own episode when the sequel comes out.
IGN spoke with Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase, who revealed that we will be getting a lot more Zack in the sequel. While Kitase couldn’t give too many details about the episode, he did promise that we’d get a whole lot of him, which sounds promising.
“And as for Rebirth, there will be a new episode with Zach, that will contain even more of him than the Remake,” Kitase reveals. “I'm not able to say much more than this as I would like for players to play and experience this with it in their own hands."
The first major trailer of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth showed Zack appearing in the Slums and handing Cloud to Kyrie Canaan, an original character made for Remake. Expect Zack to play similarly to Cloud since, well, Cloud got all of his skills from the black-haired SOLDIER.
While Zack was always a character in the original Final Fantasy 7, fans fell in love with the character when Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 came out on PSP. Bad writing and nonsense villains aside, players were able to see Zack’s cute romance with Aerith and how much he inspired Cloud. Thankfully, fans now have a Crisis Core remaster they can purchase on modern systems.
Zack being playable aside, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is expected to be a pretty faithful retelling of the story, albeit, with real-time combat. Now that the game is embracing exploration, Square Enix is giving fans a 100-hour adventure to play through. Fans with a Remake save can also get a unique summon.
As we mentioned earlier, players can also experience Zack’s adventure in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 - Reunion. This remaster gives players a modern way of experiencing what happened to Zack and how it led to the original FF7. Oddly enough, despite retaining the cast from FF7 Remake, Crisis Core has no bearing on the overall plot of Remake or Rebirth, Zack’s perspective notwithstanding.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is coming to PS5 on February 29.