Most fans of Final Fantasy VII contend that the main game is fantastic. I mean, would they be fans if they didn’t contend that? No matter how much it means to them or how big the lasting impact it has had on their lives, the Final Fantasy VII extended universe hasn’t been nearly as revered as the central pillar game holding it all up.

Each of the spin-off titles range from “Is this actually better than Final Fantasy VII?” (Crisis Core) to “Ugh, did someone write this on their bathroom break?” (Dirge of Cerberus), but each has been pretty good at being a self-contained story that doesn’t leak back and retroactively pollute the lore of the main game itself.

The upcoming remake, though? That’s another story. In an interview with Game Informer, Producer Yoshinori Kitase says that characters and places from the spin-off titles could pop up in the remake from time to time as a wink-wink to the canon.

It’s not to say that all or some of the characters from the spin-offs or other Compilation works will appear in the remake, but if there are any areas where we can use the settings or the characters, we do want to try to incorporate it in there, so it gives off that sense of nuance and those other stories existing.

There may be instances where the characters appear themselves, or are just referenced in dialogue. But, of course, it would be difficult to follow up on everything that happened in this universe. So, maybe some of the characters who weren’t as famous won’t appear or be mentioned. But in terms of the characters and instances that remain in the memories of our fans, we do want to try our best to integrate that in some fashion in the world.

Does that mean we’ll get the three whiny Sephiroth clones from Advent Children needlessly chewing up the dialogue? Does that mean we have to tolerate anything from Advent Children all over again? I mean, I’m all for changing up the battle system and story a little bit, but come on. That’s pushing it a little too far.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will launch “first” on the PlayStation 4 on an unannounced date. Ugh, I just remembered Before Crisis too. Please, spare us, Yoshinori! Have a little mercy!

Final Fantasy VII Before Crisis