Regardless of what the inventive staff at Sq. Enix would have us suppose, Future and Destiny most likely nonetheless have a significant position to play in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and past. Although SOLDIER Zack Fair appears to have escaped loss of life and joined the remainder of the forged in a brand new timeline, the almost certainly end result is a very totally different—however equally tragic—accident.
Spoilers for the unique recreation and FF7 Remake comply with.
Within the unique Remaining Fantasy VII timeline, Cloud and Zack are wounded by Sephiroth following what’s often called “The Nibelheim Incident,” 5 years earlier than the occasions of the principle recreation. The mad scientist Hojo kidnaps and experiments on them for 4 years, enhancing Cloud’s energy however scrambling his mind. After Zack breaks them out, they journey round for a couple of yr till Shinra catches as much as them on the outskirts of Midgar. Initially, Zack dies preventing Shinra troopers, however as a result of the celebration defeats the Whisper Harbinger on the finish of FF7 Remake, occasions up to now, current and future are altered.
Remake’s ending cutscene reveals that Zack survives the battle and helps Cloud make his manner towards Midgar. It’s believable these occasions occur in an alternate timeline distinct from the brand new continuity. Nonetheless, it’s completely potential that when the celebration entered the Singularity on the finish of Remake and destroyed the Whispers, they didn’t return to their unique world. As a substitute, they had been taken someplace totally different: a timeline created by the destruction of the Whispers wherein Zack is alive.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase has confirmed already that Zack performs a much bigger position in FF7 Rebirth than the unique recreation.
“Inside the unique Remaining Fantasy 7, Zack Honest doesn’t seem as a lot,” Kitase instructed IGN in a September 2023 interview. “As for Rebirth, there shall be a brand new episode with Zack that can comprise much more of him than the Remake. I’m not in a position to say rather more than this as I would love for gamers to play and expertise this with it in their very own palms.”
How is all of this going to shake out precisely? Effectively, Rebirth Inventive Director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed on the official PlayStation blog in September 2023 that the second a part of the trilogy ends on the Forgotten Capital, which is the place Sephiroth kills Aerith whereas she’s attempting to the White Materia to summon Holy.
“The long run — even when it has been written — might be modified,” Aerith says within the June 2022 First Look Trailer for Rebirth. The unique timeline has already been “written,” so to talk, which is why the Whispers strove to protect this particular future. In different phrases, occasions can and will play out as they initially did aside from in cases the place characters make totally different decisions.
The Whispers will not be round anymore to make sure that every part goes precisely based on plan, but it surely’s all however sure that Aerith will nonetheless attempt to summon Holy herself and be threatened by Sephiroth. Assuming everyone exists in the identical continuity, what is going to Zack be doing whereas Cloud and mates pursue Sephiroth? In all probability, after arriving on the Sector 5 Church within the post-credits scene of the Remake Intergrade INTERmission chapter starring Yuffie, he’ll attempt to monitor Aerith down.
A fittingly tragic end result of all this may very well be for Zack to lastly catch as much as Aerith on the finish of the sport within the Forgotten Capital simply in time to push her out of the way in which and take the hit himself. The Whispers will not be round to make sure that Zack dies, however his continued existence within the timeline presents all kinds of cosmic continuity points. This may very well be the proper tragic ending to Rebirth that evokes Aerith and Cloud to proceed their mission to cease Sephiroth in a manner that thematically echoes the unique with out getting too convoluted. On this trend, Aerith might efficiently summon Holy to cease Meteor sooner than within the unique, however who is aware of what sort of repercussions all of this may have.
Is it honest for him to make the last word Zackrifice? Most likely not, however one thing about it feels becoming however.