Final Fantasy VII Remake Might Include Lightning From XIII


An interview with a fictional character heats up Final Fantasy VII Remake speculation.

It’s the year 2016, and one of the most intriguing stories surrounding the Final Fantasy VII remake this year comes from an interview from The Telegraph with Final Fantasy XIII’s Lightning. That’s right, the fictional pink-haired protagonist from the trilogy of games that seriously damaged the Final Fantasy brand as we know it today, spoke to an actual news outlet through someone at Square Enix. Probably Motomu Toriyama. The piece was in promotion of the Louis Vuitton Series 4, as noted on our site previously.

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In what is an early 2016 “Journalism Poison” award candidate, the interviewer asks a person who isn’t real a few questions about the ad campaign, what it’s like to stand along Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander in the “fashion family,” what it’s like to be a Louis Vuitton ambassador; typical questions you would ask in a

piece of native advertising

fashion interview.

The final question does pertain to video games, however, albeit in a possibly disappointing way. When asked about upcoming projects, whichever real life person speaking for a fictional character dropped some choice words. (bold emphasis mine)

"I’m currently winding down after a long journey. My days are peaceful; it’s what I’ve always dreamed of. I hope these days last a long time.But I’m always looking to push myself, to better myself. Sometimes I get the urge to put my life on the line again and test my limits.One day, not so far in the future, I will be out there again, in a world of strife. But I won’t be the same person I was before. I will return to my origins, like a Mobius strip, but it’ll be a new me, one who has evolved."

With that, we got our first official hint that Lightning could appear, in some form or another, in the Final Fantasy VII Remake. For whatever reason, it makes sense from a Japanese standpoint. Despite outstaying her welcome in North America, Japanese fans absolutely love the character. Her inclusion could help sell the Final Fantasy VII Remake in Japan, a console gaming market in a steep decline.

Still, having to hear about it from a fashion interview with a fictitious person has to be the worst part of the entire story.