The tragic loss of a voice actor
The upcoming game Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy 7 Remake, will have to make some changes to one of its characters following the death of the voice actor who portrayed him. Keiji Fujiwara, the Japanese voice actor for Reno, a member of the elite Shinra squad known as the Turks, passed away in April 2020 after a battle with cancer. He was 55 years old.
Fujiwara was a veteran voice actor who had worked on many anime and video game projects, including Fullmetal Alchemist, Hunter x Hunter, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy 15. He was also the founder and representative director of the voice acting agency AIR AGENCY. He was widely respected and loved by his colleagues and fans for his talent and charisma.
How the game will handle Reno’s role
According to the game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, the development team decided to reduce Reno’s role in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth out of respect for Fujiwara and his family. He said that they wanted to honor his legacy and avoid any unnecessary stress or discomfort for the new voice actor who will take over the role.
Kitase also revealed that the new voice actor for Reno is Tomokazu Seki, another well-known voice actor who has worked on anime and video games such as Fate/stay night, Psycho-Pass, and Fire Emblem. He said that Seki was chosen because he had a similar voice and tone to Fujiwara, and that he had expressed his admiration and gratitude for Fujiwara’s work.
Kitase assured the fans that Reno will still appear in the game, but that his screen time and dialogue will be less than originally planned. He said that the team had to rewrite some scenes and adjust some gameplay elements to accommodate the change. He also asked the fans to support Seki and the rest of the cast, and to look forward to the game’s release.
What to expect from Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is the second game in the trilogy of games that remake the 1997 classic Final Fantasy 7. It will continue the story of Cloud Strife and his allies, who have escaped from the city of Midgar and are now traveling across the world to stop the evil Sephiroth and the corrupt Shinra Corporation.
The game will feature new locations, characters, enemies, and gameplay mechanics, as well as expanded and reimagined versions of the original game’s events. The game will also explore the personal backgrounds and motivations of the main characters, as well as the mysteries and secrets of the world.
The game is scheduled to release for PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024. It will be a standalone game that does not require the previous game to play. The game will also have enhanced graphics, sound, and performance, as well as new features and modes.
The game’s latest trailer, which was shown at the Summer Game Fest 2023, showcased some of the game’s highlights, such as the fully controllable Red XIII, the return of Yuffie, the massive-scale boss fights, the rideable chocobos, and the expansive and beautiful world. The trailer also teased some of the game’s plot twists and surprises, as well as the appearance of a playable Sephiroth.