Square Enix has confirmed that they are adding new bosses (and possibly other surprises) to Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
“With regard to new characters, of whom I said during past interviews that there would be ‘none’,” says director Tetsuya Nomura via a blog post. “Though they aren’t main characters, their numbers ended up growing considerably in the process of creating a rich depiction of Midgar. When you think of Midgar’s final boss, you probably think of the M.O.T.O.R., but in this game, new bosses will appear and add to the excitement of the story even more.”
Nomura doesn’t expand on that idea, but it’s certainly interesting that he referenced M.O.T.O.R. in regards to the idea of adding new bosses to the game. That would seem to suggest that he may no longer be the final boss in Midgar, but it doesn’t seem to be clear at this time whether Nomura was trying to specifically say that or just use that as a reference to the idea of how new bosses can change the flow of Final Fantasy 7 Remake in comparison to how the original game played.
Regardless, as Nomura himself notes, the real story here is that new characters will be added to Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but it doesn’t sound like any of them will be playable protagonists. Of course, that still opens the door to a number of exciting possibilities. We already know that Final Fantasy 7 Remake‘s gameplay will be different from what we saw in the legendary original, but now it sounds like the flow of its story may be altered by the addition of new bosses and similar design elements.
Nomura also stated that the team has “begun working on the next one as well,” which seems to be a reference to the next chapter of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake experience. For those who missed the announcement the first time around, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be broken down into multiple chapters that will be released over the course of several years. The upcoming first chapter of the remake will only cover the Midgar portion of the original game (though that portion of the game is obviously being expanded on).
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was already one of our most anticipated games of 2020, but this latest news only leaves us more excited for the possibility that this remake will distinguish itself from its source in some exciting ways. Now, we just have to hold on to hope for the possibility of a Final Fantasy 8 remake.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.