Final Fantasy VII Remake ended on a cliffhanger, potentially upending our expectations of how the iconic 1997 story will play out in subsequent chapters. Director Tetsuya Nomura said in an interview for the game’s Ultimania compendium that he hopes to release the next installment “as soon as possible,” but also suggested that the team hadn’t quite decided how best to carve up the sprawling tale. There’s a long-shot chance we could hear about the release date at Tokyo Game Show in late September, but it’s safe to say we probably won’t be playing the sequel anytime soon.
Even if the plot of FF7 Remake Part 2 departs significantly from that of the original game, we can assume that Cloud and his companions will explore familiar locations like Gold Saucer, Costa del Sol, and Wutai. One of the locations we’re likely to see in the next installment is Cosmo Canyon. There, we’re likely to finally get the answer to a question many of us have had for decades.
Spoilers ahead for the original Final Fantasy VII.
Cosmo Canyon is where Cloud learns about Red XIII’s past, how the Lifestream works, and the threat Sephiroth represents to the Planet. And there’s one huge, goofy mystery FF7 Remake Part 2 will absolutely, positively have to explain — what is happening with Bugenhagen’s butt?
Bugenhagen is the village elder of Cosmo Canyon and adoptive grandfather of Red XIII. He’s holed up in the observatory at the top of the ridge, with a large telescope and some kind of spiffy Danger Room / Holodeck setup that’s just perfect for spontaneous lectures about ecology and spirituality.