Official Final Fantasy VII Remake Chapter 5 Retrospective Discusses Stamp’s Origins, Tifa’s Combat Development Challenges & More

Square Enix has shared its fifth episode of diving deep into each of Final Fantasy VII Remake Chapters, discussing a series of sequences that weren’t as present in the original Final Fantasy VII.

The content shared this time around is relatively sparse and granular, delving into topics that the average fan wouldn’t really intrigue. However, one notable comment revealed throughout this article concerns how Tifa must have been harder to develop in combat compared to Cloud, Aerith, and Barret.

Teruki Endo, the battle director, said the following:

“It was relatively easy to tell Cloud, Barret, and Aerith apart, but we had to think very hard about what defining characteristics we should give Tifa.

I think we managed to add depth to Tifa’s mechanics by tying her abilities to the burst system which is one of the fundamental pillars of FF7R battles.

Another interesting fact concerns the origins of Stamp; the Shinra mascot. Motomu Toriyama, Co-Director of Scenario Design, shared the following:

“Stamp’s character was first conceived as a public relations exercise to boost public morale when the war between Shinra and Wutai broke out. It’s not common knowledge, but there’s a rumor that Stamp is based on a doodle Palmer drew when his space exploration division was downsized.

For a better understanding of various other tangential topics, such as the philosophy of underground graffiti design and certain musical elements, I encourage reading the full article on Square Enix Blog.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is set to be a modernized retelling of the original Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel to the game that launched this beloved sub-franchise. Players control Zack, a hyperactive and determined SOLDIER who aspires to become not only first-class, but a hero in his own right. Combat uses real-time action elements alongside the innovative “Digital Mind Wave” system, used to perform special attacks called Limit Breaks and achieve other notable feats.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion releases on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Winter 2022.

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