The Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Confirms Before Crisis & Crisis Core Are Still Canon

The Final Fantasy VII Remake demo is live and has given many players around the world the chance to experience the game for the first time.

The long-time fans of Final Fantasy VII have been wondering if Final Fantasy VII Remake will reference the Final Fantasy VII spin-off books, games, and movies that have been released over the years, or whether it will create its own canon. The demo for the game has confirmed that the events of at least two of the games happened, in the form of the Buster Sword’s significance matching its appearance in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and referencing the actions of the original version of AVALANCHE from Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.

In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud’s first weapon is the Buster Sword. There was never any intention of the Buster Sword being anything other than a regular weapon and Final Fantasy VII never treats it as such, especially considering that Cloud can switch it out as soon as he finds a better weapon. The Buster Sword would go on to become an iconic part of the series, thanks to Cloud’s popularity and how it appeared in a lot of the promotional material for Final Fantasy VII and in Cloud’s crossover appearances.

The other entries in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII establish that the Buster Sword is actually more important than it seems. In Crisis Core, it’s the only weapon used by Zack after he acquires it and it holds special significance to him, as it belonged to his old mentor Angeal. The Buster Sword represents inherited will and Zack bequeaths it to Cloud as he dies.

The status screen in the Final Fantasy VII Remake describes the Buster Sword as “A large broadsword that has inherited the hopes of those who fight,” confirming that its significance from Crisis Core is still part of the canon.

The Identity Of Jessie’s Informant

When the members of AVALANCHE are breaking into the Mako Reactor, they are able to bypass locked doors because of an informant. Jessie says “It’s a good thing I know someone who can get us the passcodes. Pity no one else at command will talk to us, but what can you do?”

Fans of Final Fantasy VII may think that the informant is Reeve, the man who later controls Cait Sith and betrays Shinra for the party. However, this isn’t the case, as Reeve doesn’t turn on the Shinra Corporation until later in the story.

The identity of Jessie’s informant is actually Rufus Shinra, the son of President Shinra. It’s confirmed in Before Crisis that Rufus has been funding the original version of AVALANCHE and was feeding them information as part of a plot to overthrow his father. Rufus’ plot is discovered, but he is merely placed under house arrest and is later sent to Junon. Comments made later in the demo establish that Before Crisis happened, so it makes sense for Rufus to be secretly working with the new AVALANCHE.

The Attempt On President Shinra’s Life

When Barret, Cloud, and Jessie are taking the elevator in the Mako Reactor, they are being watched on a secret camera by President Shinra and Heidegger. It’s mentioned by Heidegger that the group is calling themselves AVALANCHE and that he is investigating whether they belong to the same group that made an attempt on President Shinra’s life.

This is a direct reference to the events of Before Crisis. In Before Crisis, there is an earlier incarnation of AVALANCHE that is much better equipped, to the point where they pose a genuine threat to the Shinra Corporation. It’s during the events of Before Crisis that AVALANCHE attempts to assassinate President Shinra while he is staying at a hotel in Junon. The only reason President Shinra survived is due to the actions of the Turks.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released for PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020. The demo for the game is available now on the PlayStation Store.

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