Square Enix reveals two Final Fantasy 7 Remake figurines for their Play Arts Kai figurine collection. Cloud and Barret are now confirmed, but are more characters on the way?
It looks like Cloud Strife, the main character from Final Fantasy 7, isn’t content with only having an Amiibo figurine. Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai figurine lineup will be adding the character to their roster ahead of the highly-anticipated release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which currently has no set release date.
Square Enix is also releasing a Barret Wallace figurine alongside the sword-toting hero, both of which had early prototypes on display at the annual Jump Festa event in Japan. The exposition typically focuses on anime and manga announcements, but over the last several years videogames have taken a strong foothold as well, in a similar fashion to North American events like San Diego Comic-Con.
The figurines currently have no set release date from Square Enix, nor did the displays list any potential prices. The high-end figurines typically retail for over $100, so collectors will have to splash the cash if they intend on taking part in the historic remaking of the most popular Final Fantasy title.
Whether companies catering to nostalgic gamers is ultimately a good thing or not is still up to debate, but many gamers will have grown up with a PlayStation One, four discs of Final Fantasy 7, and plenty of spare time. The quality of the below figurines looks fantastic, and we’ve no doubt they’re worth the money for serious collectors and hardcore fans of the title.
Here’s a quick look at how the new Play Arts Kai prototype figures looked at the Jump Festa expo:
Now that Remake is going to be an episodic venture – for better or worse – Square Enix has indicated that it is looking to expand upon the side characters, so fans may be able to collect some additional Play Arts Kai figurines in the future. We were surprised that Tifa Lockheart and Aerith Gainsborough were excluded from the popular line of toys, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them announced at a later date.
Hideo Kojima came under fire earlier this year when he laughed at the inclusion of ‘soft materials’ in the chest area of Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai edition of Quiet from Metal Gear Solid 5. There’s still no word on whether Barret’s chest will get the same soft tissue treatment.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is currently slated to released in the near future, thanks to the fact that its being spliced into separate episodes.