Final Fantasy VII Remake is a major 2020 Game of the Year contender, and a lot of that has to do with its bombshell ending, which casts uncertainty on everything we thought we knew about the journey of Cloud Strife and his companions. We already know the second game is in development, and there’s a slim chance we might learn more about the FF7 Remake sequel during Square Enix’s events at Tokyo Game Show at the end of September. In the meantime, though, a fascinating fan theory provides a remarkably plausible roadmap for where the story could go next. Let’s dive in.
Spoilers for the original FF7 ahead.
Shortly after the release of FF7 Remake, redditor fkoffgimeoldred shared a lengthy post that uses the ending of the 1997 game to explain the story changes in the 2020 version. The original game begins and ends with an image of Aerith surrounded by glowing specks of Mako. This becomes the basis of a claim that all of FInal Fantasy VII was a vision shown to Aerith by the planet as she kneels by the leaky mako pipe by the Loveless theater in Sector 8.