18 April 2024
Games Technology

Ultimate Fantasy VII Rebirth Appeared At Cid And Stated ‘I Can Repair Him’

My poisonous trait is that I’m a colossal simp for Ultimate Fantasy VII’s foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, dragoon pilot Cid. My love for this man spans many years, from when he was a sequence of blobs stacked on high of one another within the authentic PlayStation sport to when he was a unvoiced shopkeeper within the first Kingdom Hearts. As such, I used to be desirous to see him in Ultimate Fantasy 7 Rebirth, even when he doesn’t get promoted to playable celebration member this time round. After going again and reacquainting myself with the unique sport, I’m fairly proud of how Sq. Enix approached the character practically 30 years later.

Spoilers for authentic Ultimate Fantasy 7 comply with, however nothing main from Rebirth.

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In most ways in which rely, Cid remains to be the identical man followers know and love from FF7 in Rebirth. He’s the pilot of Tiny Bronco, acts just like the dad within the room regardless of being allegedly solely 32 years outdated, and is mostly grumpy in direction of everybody. However he’s additionally overtly kindhearted in a method that perhaps didn’t all the time come throughout within the authentic sport. Certainly one of his earliest scenes in Rebirth exhibits him realizing he knew Aerith’s mom, Ifalna, and is disheartened to listen to of her passing since they final met years prior. This prompts him to supply his pilot providers without spending a dime, all as a result of he needs to assist the daughter of somebody he as soon as cared for.

Cid stands in front of his plane.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Kotaku

The place authentic Cid was typically outlined as crass, angsty, and imply (sure, there’s nuance, we’re getting there), Rebirth Cid’s doesn’t really feel fairly as excessive and as an alternative goes for a extra understated assured however nonetheless caring bravado. His no-nonsense practicality feels distinct within the face of some actual weirdos in FF7’s crew, however now it’s a bit extra reined in. Cid was prickly within the authentic sport, however that facet of him was all the time meant to masks the protecting and supportive individual he was deep down.

Some long-time followers will possible body this as “altering” him, however I’d argue it brings out one of the best of who Cid all the time was. He’s nonetheless a grouch, however not indiscriminately so. My hope is this can enable Sq. Enix to higher body future storylines, particularly the one involving his future spouse, Shera. Once I was excited to see Cid once more, some buddies who had performed Ultimate Fantasy 7 extra lately have been shocked to listen to this, given he has a repute inside the group. I hadn’t seen Cid work together with Shera in years, however I went again and watched the scenes between the 2 within the authentic Ultimate Fantasy 7, and was shocked at how uncomfortable it was to see the 2’s dynamic.

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Ultimate Fantasy makes Cid a nicer man

When the crew first meets Shera, they’re mistaken in assuming she is Cid’s spouse at this level, most likely as a result of the way in which he talks to her is textbook abusive husband in a method somebody within the ‘90s would write a sitcom couple. He berates her for not making their visitors tea, asks if she’s blind, after which goes off to work on one thing whereas she tends to Cloud and firm. Once they inform her to not fear about them, she instantly takes the blame on herself and says that is simply how Cid is. She explains that he sabotaged his personal rocket launch to make sure she wasn’t killed within the blast, and now she feels as if she’s chargeable for ruining his goals. Because of this she places up with the way in which he treats her and says she’ll “reside [her] life for him.”

Cid's official art from the original game.

Picture: Sq. Enix / Ultimate Fantasy Wiki

Watching a person discuss right down to a girl as she does home duties wasn’t nice in 1997 and is even worse to look again on now. That is imagined to be a revealing second that exhibits that he’s secretly a caring, form individual regardless of him being abrasive to lots of the individuals he meets. However within the years since Ultimate Fantasy 7, we have now collectively misplaced persistence for abusive habits. Even when Cid resents Shera for her half in destroying his dream, that may be communicated in a far more healthy method. Thorny relationships, particularly between individuals who supposedly care about one another, don’t should be mean-spirited and hurtful. They will simply be clumsy, awkward, and finally restorative.

My hope is that as a result of Cid appears a bit extra even-tempered in Rebirth, his relationship with Shera will be explored in a method that feels much less overtly misogynistic and abusive 30 years later. Firming down his antagonism in Rebirth in favor of creating him a stern and passionate pilot who hoots and hollers his method into everybody’s hearts, makes for a much more likable and modern take. And contemplating how Rebirth’s story performs into his bigger arc, I’m to see how Sq. handles it.

Cid nods off with fireworks behind him.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Kotaku

Ultimate Fantasy 7 Rebirth is, regardless of some weighty moments, a reasonably joyful sport. It makes use of most of its prolonged time with the forged to only allow them to hang around, vibe, and play some foolish mini-games. Recreating Cid as he was in 1997 would have been diametrically against the imaginative and prescient of the Ultimate Fantasy 7 universe Rebirth is making an attempt to create. The Remake sequence has one of the best variations of those characters to this point, and chipping away among the sharp edges to get to Cid’s coronary heart of gold is the way you modernize the character. He’s one other instance of those video games recognizing {that a} remake doesn’t should uncritically mimic one thing from many years in the past.

The Honey Bee Inn was as soon as a brothel and stage for homosexual panic, the place Remake retools it to be a queer-inclusive nightclub. Cid remains to be a stingy outdated man however doesn’t should be uncomfortably merciless to somebody he cares about. If Sq. Enix retains him as such within the subsequent sport and may higher body his relationship with Shera, he’ll be one other bullet level on the record of issues the group bought proper this time round.

However carry his cigarettes again, Sq. Enix. That man smells like an ashtray, I do know it.