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EPISODE INTERmission, the new and surprisingly titled DLC for Final Fantasy 7 Remake that stars Yuffie Kisaragi, is totally value enjoying for those who loved final yr’s blockbuster. Yuffie is as loveable as she’s ever been, and has a definite model of fight that is each fashionable to behold and satisfying to make use of. Perhaps most significantly, the (*2*)PS5-exclusive story hints at what’s to return within the sequel to Remake. 

Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, has stated the sport’s sequel will start the place EPISODE INTERmission (henceforth known as “Yuffie’s DLC,” for everybody’s sake) finishes. That’s nice information — however for those who’ve performed Yuffie’s DLC and have seen its ending, you might be at a loss as to what its ending even means. So let’s break it down.

It ought to go with out saying, however: spoilers beneath. 

Deepground, the Final Fantasy deep minimize

There are two elements of Yuffie’s DLC to interrupt down. The last stretch of the sport, by which you are launched to a brand new gang of unhealthy guys, and the post-game scenes, which leads into Final Fantasy Remake Part 2. 

First, the unhealthy guys: Deepground. Deepground is a secret department of SOLIDER (which is the army wing of Shinra), one which was really launched within the 2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 sport that starred Vincent Valentine. Leading Deepground are elite warriors often known as Tsviets — and main the Tsviets is Weiss. 

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Weiss, head of Deepground and baddie from Dirge of Cerberus, being experimented on in Yuffie’s DLC. 


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We see Weiss being experimented on in Yuffie’s DLC in Shinra’s basement ranges. He appears not fussed in any respect with the “idiots” at Shinra attempting to clone him, and summons his youthful brother, Nero, to go “hunt.” That’s clearly unhealthy information for Yuffie and Sonon, who face Nero as the ultimate boss within the DLC. After a tricky battle, you almost escape — earlier than Nero emerges from the darkness. stabs Sonon and retrieves his physique. Yuffie escapes, however Sonon is a goner — and can in all probability return in Part 2 as a Deepground experiment. 

What’s essential about all that is that Dirge of Cerberus — the place Deepground, Weiss, Nero and the remainder of the Tsiviets had been launched — occurred after the occasions of the unique sport. That the group is being launched right here clearly means they’re going to be part of Remake Part 2, which suggests you possibly can count on important modifications to the story beats.  

After Sonon’s “death,” Yuffie escapes in time to see Sector 7 explode and crumble onto the slums beneath.

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Nero, Weiss’ brother, is the ultimate boss of Yuffie’s DLC. Both Weiss and Nero being launched right here has large story implications for Remake’s subsequent half.


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Remake tries alternate actuality

The post-game scenes take us again to Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Yuffie and Red XIII. They have some banter about lengthy walks and the way Midgar is a trash metropolis, then they hitchhike to the close by city of Kalm. (Being picked up by Chocobo Bill, who followers will bear in mind from the unique sport.) This is all positive and dandy, however then we see one thing extra fascinating.

Zack Fair is outdoors Aerith’s church, practising some “Hey, it’s been a while!” traces. After psyching himself up, he barges by the doorways to announce his return, solely to discover a church stuffed with Midgar residents, in all probability taking refuge from the Sector 7 explosion. 

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Zack attempting, unsuccessfully, to play it cool.


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Some fast reminders.

At the tip of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, it is revealed that there are a number of timelines: The story we noticed within the unique sport is one timeline, and Remake one other. At Remake’s finish, you destroy the Whisper Harbinger. The Whispers had been guaranteeing every timeline flows in the identical means — or, in different phrases, guaranteeing the storyline of Remake adopted the unique’s. Now that you just killed off the Whisper Harbinger, there’s nothing stopping the story from straying from the unique’s. (This will in all probability be essential for the Deepground plot, too.)

Second, Zack Fair was Cloud’s mentor and the protagonist of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, a prequel to the unique. A 1st Class Soldier, he dies on the finish of Crisis Core, simply earlier than the occasions of Final Fantasy 7, as he is gunned down by dozens and dozens of Shinra’s infantry. (That’s an entire separate story, nicely value experiencing in Crisis Core in case you have a PSP useful.) In Crisis Core we see that Zack had a romance with Aerith, which is why he is anxious to go to her on the Church.

Now, here is the essential half. This new scene that includes Zack Fair exhibits that he is alive and nicely, which is a big change for the Final Fantasy 7 story. But what’s nonetheless not clear is which actuality he is alive in. At the tip of Remake, as Zack recovers from the assault that within the different actuality left him useless, we see a chip packet with Shinra’s Stamp mascot on it — however it is conspicuously totally different from the Stamp mascot we noticed in Remake, implying a special timeline. An (*7*)eagle-eyed fan on Reddit has identified that the church Zack enters on the finish of Yuffie’s DLC is totally different — much less dilapidated — than the one we see in Remake

So Zack is certainly again, however we nonetheless do not know what timeline he is in. 

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