Vincent and Cid will not appear in combat encounters in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Vincent and Cid will not appear in combat encounters in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will introduce the characters Cid and Vincent into the remake trilogy’s story, but don’t expect to fight alongside them. Neither character will be present during combat encounters.

Speaking with IGN, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth director Naoki Hamaguchi explained, “Both Cid and Vincent accompany the party on their journey and offer assistance, but they don’t appear in battle as guest characters. So they won’t really participate in your battle.”

IGN learned last year that Vincent Valentine would be a “companion character,” and Hamaguchi explained that the character would be “similar to what Red XIII was in the remake.” Events in combat were handled by the AI ​​instead of the player. So it was easy to assume that both Vincent and Cid – characters confirmed to be starring in Rebirth through recent trailers – would also be controlled by the AI ​​in battle. However, Hamaguchi has now confirmed to IGN that the two characters will not be present in the battle at all.

“They’ll show up in different parts of the story and scenarios where they’re playing a role or they’re going to help you or assist you in some way, but they’re not actually fighting as guest characters in that sense,” he said. Hamaguchi.

This means that Cid and Vincent’s combat abilities have been saved for the third and final game in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy. “If we use all the playable characters in the second part, we will lose a lot of new surprises and new experiences for the player in the third game,” Hamaguchi explained.

Despite not appearing in combat encounters, Cid and Vincent will remain important NPCs in Rebirth’s story. “We are delving deeper into their personalities,” Hamaguchi emphasized. “Not through the battle system, but through the side quests where that will be the main focus and you will learn a lot about those characters.”

While we won’t see Cid jumping into the air to unleash Hyper Jump, or Vincent transforming into a variety of whimsical monsters, it’s good to know that they’re still a major part of this second chapter. We are impressed with what we have already seen; Cid was absolutely on fire, and Vincent will be voiced by none other than Matthew Mercer.

As Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth approaches, we’re getting a wave of news about the game’s approach to reinventing the original. Our latest hands-on preview takes a closer look at the new open world, and you can experience it for yourself in the new playable demo announced as part of the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth State of Play.

It’s an exciting time for FF fans, who will no doubt be thinking about what’s to come, especially in the concluding chapters of Rebirth. Hints of this may be preserved in the game’s ESRB rating, which hints at blood, division, and Aerith’s ultimate fate.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and features editor.

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