With Part 2 of the Final Fantasy Remake project officially titled Rebirth, fans have begun to speculate what Part 3’s title could be.
During a Final Fantasy 7-themed broadcast, developer Square Enix officially revealed that the second part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be titled Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. In addition, the event, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the original Final Fantasy 7’s release, also confirmed that prequel game Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core will be receiving a remake for modern consoles. This remake, too, will feature a unique title; it will officially be called Reunion. This has led fans to speculate that the upcoming third part of the remake will also feature a title beginning with the letters “RE.”
This would not be the first time that Square Enix has utilized themed names in relation to Final Fantasy 7. The previous collection of spinoff titles, generally referred to as Compilation of Final Fantasy 7, include the film Advent Children, the prequels Before Crisis and Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus, a shooter spinoff starring Vincent Valentine, an optional party member from the original game. These titles can be shortened to AC, BC, CC, and DC, revealing an alphabetical theming. The upcoming Ever Crisis, which is set to retell the events of several previous Compilation titles, continues this theme by shortening to EC. With themed subtitles likely persisting into the third Remake installment, speculation about what that title could potentially be has already begun.
A fairly straightforward title, “Resolution” could refer to the final confrontation between protagonist Cloud and antagonist Sephiroth. Cloud and Sephiroth have an extremely personal connection, as both are connected to the Shinra corporation and its SOLDIER program. Driven mad by the discovery of the terrible experiments Shinra has carried out on himself and the other SOLDIERs, Sephiroth has become a terribly vindictive figure that openly torments Cloud with painful memories of the latter’s past failures. A subtitle like “Resolution” could indicate that the third part of the remake would be heavily focused on the relationship between these two and their epic final battle.
There are a number of Final Fantasy 7 characters who could possibly undergo some sort of “resurrection” in the final part of the Remake trilogy. The first is the aforementioned Sephiroth, who suffered severe damage to his physical body prior to the events of the game and for most of it is forced to appear to Cloud as a hallucination or copy powered by the alien Jenova. The second is Aerith Gainsborough, a party member who infamously dies permanently in the original Final Fantasy 7. While many fans suspect that the remake is going to prevent her death entirely, another possibility is that she will die and come back to life, possibly using special materia or the Lifestream that powers the world.