Cloud Strife’s design changed for Final Fantasy VII Remake; Nomura says it’s closest to the original By Raptorchan on February 7, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Fans who attended the “Farewell Stories” Final Fantasy 30th anniversary exhibition in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo got a first look at some new screenshots for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake alongside a surprise appearance from director Tetsuya Nomura.

The new screenshots were shown exclusively for those who attended the event, so unfortunately there are no images for us to see. However, fans were still able to share some details regarding the screenshots they saw and what the developers had to say about them.

Some fans revealed that there has been a change in Cloud’s design. According to the development leader Naoki Hamaguchi, this new design received the go-ahead from director Tetsuya Nomura, and while it was a struggle for the team, the hard work seems to have paid off. Nomura went as far as acknowledging the new design as “the closest design to the original [Cloud design] up until now.”

A fan described Cloud’s new look as “more natural.” Nomura and Hamaguchi mentioned that “while Cloud may look this way, he was a dork. I believe those of you who played the original will understand what I mean by saying he’s a dorky character.” According to Siliconera, it’s likely we will get to see more of the youthful side of Cloud in FFVIIR rather than the always-serious one we’ve seen outside the original game.

The four screenshots also showed other members of AVALANCHE, with one fan describing Biggs as “super handsome,” Wedge as “refreshingly chubby” and Jessie as “cute!”

The fans who had attended the event also mentioned that Square Enix will not be sharing these screenshots to the public for a while.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4.


  • Patrick Bateman

    But…why though lol he looked fine, aside from being a little too skinny in the last trailer, he looks great, so what, the Play Arts Kai figures and everything are pointless now? if anyone needed a design tweak, it’s Sephiroth, they need to get rid of that Dissidia design.

    When they say “original” design i hope to god they don’t mean where he had jewlery like Sephiroth and wore bright white and blue gear…


    i might not even bother with the game if that’s the case lol


    I GET that it’s his “Original Concept” and it looks great in the original design painting, but looks TERRIBLE in game…

  • •december

    It begins lol.
    The key with work in progress is not to pass judgement until the time is right!
    I welcome any updated, more photo-realistic 3D render of Cloud’s FF7 model.
    This game will be a blessing

  • •december

    They gotta keep that iconic hair though, lol

  • Wazi the pa

    I personally didn’t have a problem with Cloud & crew’s initial design in the gameplay trailer. I thought that direction in the character design had a more realistic and gritty take of them, which I liked.

    Ahhhh I just want to see the design updates now!!!

  • Stonespear

    “while Cloud may look this way, he was a dork.”

    And my fears are sated.

  • Patrick Bateman

    he looks great in Mobius too i think..



    ( I know the second photo was actually created during the Compillation days and when Advent Children was still fresh, but it looks like the best “modern/realistic” take on Cloud’s original FFVII design imo )

    I’m hoping these reports from people who saw him are just exaggerating and that the changes aren’t really as big as it appears through these articles circulating…

  • Codes McGodes

    I feel that “we changed Cloud to be closer to the original” is a bit of an oxymoron.

    Also “refreshingly chubby”?? What does that even mean??

  • •december

    I’m more concerned for Tifa’s design

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  • Patrick Bateman

    Apparently this is a leak of one of the posters at the event that depicts a different looking Cloud. In recent, since Advent Children, Cloud’s adopted a more asian look imo, his nose shrunk, his face changed but it still LOOKED like Cloud, in this photo he seems to have gotten his old long thin nose back lol or the poster is just curved. Someone at the event also mentioned something about a long chain that looks laced with Diamonds….sounds like they are in fact incorporating parts of Yoshi’s design which I’m not too happy with…but he looks alright in this pic so we’ll see when we see his whole body i guess!

    ( source is from a closed facebook group, so take it with a grain of salt, there also only appears to be a handful of these pics floating around right now…)


  • Sothe Zephyr

    I mean Cloud looked fine in the original gameplay trailer…..but…sure, can’t judge until we actually see I guess

  • NoctLightCloud

    The third pic looks best in my eyes. Much better than the photo in this article. Since the 4th pic is a bit more on the comic-style and the article says “more natural”, it can’t be the 4th one. Is the 1st one his new design?

  • NoctLightCloud

    The second pic looks great! I would love to see that design.

  • NoctLightCloud

    That’s good cause I didn’t like his design (especially the one on the pic in this article). I hope for a design similar to AC.

  • David Thornhill

    How are you going to make this headline and then not show us the screenshots, Enix? Come on, don’t tease us >_<

  • •december

    It was private showing unfortunately 😐

  • Ray Muñoz

    Gotta say the nose on the first picture looks way too long and unnatural. I really hope that’s just the curved surface playing tricks.

  • MajoraMan28

    I guess they heard my plea in another article in this site

    I’m so happy to read this
    Enough with the hideous AC design and bring on the classic one. The first Dissidia and the latest one nailed his look, imo

  • MajoraMan28

    Idk, his hair still looks like AC, which sucks.
    And his uniform should’ve been brighter. The black coat is for a different class of Soldier. The purple-ish coat is what fits him better, imo

  • •december

    Technology has come a long way since Dissidia’s PSP days, but purely aesthetically I agree. They are great designs! Cloud’s nose weirds me out a little in the newest Dissidia, but its hardly noticeable..

  • Cho Tube

    What was wrong with the cloud on the thumbnail? Looks like a 3d renditioon of the character menu pictures from the ps1 game to me. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Patrick Bateman

    I think it looks fine, it’s how he always looked in the original high res/cgi shots, starting with AC they changed his face to look really asian and he’s been that way ever since ( nothing against asians haha i just have always seen Cloud as white, just like I’ve always seen Squall as white, and Tidus as Filipino :p and i know it’s because somewhere along the line Nomura said he doesn’t like drawing white people, which is fine i mean i’m terrible at drawing asian faces so i get it lol )



  • Patrick Bateman

    the first one is ” supposedly” his new design. it was 100% taken from the event but i’d honestly take everything with a grain of salt, nothing is confirmed! just thought i’d share what i heard since no one else has talked about or posted that pic.

  • •december

    The vignette link^ above is the best version here!

  • Kyle

    I think Nomura gave out a weak response.

  • Kyle

    I agree.

  • Justice V

    Dunno, but Nomura, or whoever is in charge of the cg models final look loves to change clouds design constantly throughout every game/movie he appears in heh. He had like 4 looks before Advent Children complete finally came out. Seph only had two or so.

    But then at the same time he changed everyone’s faces in XV a bunch of times too.

  • Justice V

    Pretty much everyone’s nose in the new dissidia are a bit weird. Most look like Michael Jackson’s nose.

  • Justice V

    Guess that he’s still chubby and not overly fat or slimmed down from the original?

  • •december


  • Justice V

    Technically that was his secondary design. Nomura designed his basic look first then Amano came and did those extra detailed ones. Since his Original original design had him look like Angeal it’d be funny if he returned to that, but I’m guessing he meant original design from either the promo art or the game itself.

    “Cloud was the first person created for the game by Tetsuya Nomura.[7] Cloud’s original character design called for slicked-back, black hair with no spikes. This depiction was to serve as a contrast to the long, flowing silver hair of Sephiroth, and also because Nomura thought it would be better not to use too many polygons.[9] However, to make Cloud stand out more and emphasize his role in the game as the lead protagonist, Nomura altered Cloud’s design to give him spiky blond hair instead. Aspects of Cloud’s original design were later used in designing Angeal Hewley for Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.”

  • eijin_kiver

    It mean Cloud hair is more like Songoku super saiyan?

  • Ray Muñoz

    Yeah I know his nose was longer in the original cg shots…but that is completely unnatural to begin with. I’m going to have a big problem if it really looks like I’m imagining it looks like, but I’ll reserve all judgement until we see something official…which God only knows when that will be.

  • Patrick Bateman

    i agree with waiting to judge until we get a legit official pic ( again this may not even be a true re-imagining of Cloud in the pic i posted :p it’s definitely different and would be amazing if someone could take a pic from the front haha ) but there aint nothing unnatural about his nose, You ever meet a Jew? Greek? Middle Eastern? or Italian? haha ( I’m italian and have a big nose :p i’m totally a stereotype lmao )

  • Patrick Bateman

    nice, always thought Yoshi designed the characters first and Nomura took his designs and tweaked them into his own. Interesting! had it backwards this whole time :p

  • Patrick Bateman

    they mouths look fucked up too, like Sephiroth in Mobius, looks like they put a wig on Bruce Willis with that big ass upper mouth LOL

  • NoctLightCloud

    Thank you very much for putting so much effort into your answers! They are very interesting~

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  • •december


  • MajoraMan28

    When I talk about the original Dissidia, I refer to his render in the CG cutscenes. To this day, I think that was his most faithful rendition in 3D

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  • He’s wearing a 1st class soldier out. Which is black in modern FF7 lore. Anything outside of FF7 stuff has him sporting his purple outfit except for KH1 where it’s more dark indigo (Which if they are going to go for anything other than black then it should be that color)

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Honestly his hair should be closer to his AC hair. The giant, exaggerated hair of FF7 looks weird in modern engines and did in the remake trailer, so id much prefer him to have shorter hair, easier to take seriously :l

  • MajoraMan28

    “Which is black in modern FFVII lore”
    That’s the thing. This expanded universe killed the FFVII lore and changed so many unecessary things to fit their terrible writing of modern games.
    In the original game, black wasn’t the 1st class outfit, so that’s what they should be taking as inspiration and a source for the remake, more than the Compilation BS that came after

  • Its just hard to say that because they are getting inspiration from all around the FF7 comp* which is why it’s action based and not turn-based

  • Justice V

    Yeah. I never even thought Amano did anything for VII (other than the logo) until dissidia and crisis core started coming out.

    The coolest bit of the original designs in Dissidia was that Nomura and Amano split design work where they both redesigned characters originally created by the other. So in Dissidia Nomura designed FFI-Vi characters while Amano handled VII+. Always felt that was a pretty cool deal. I liked the extra bits added to Squall especially.

    I’m one of the few who likes Amano’s Sephiroth too, but agree his Cloud is kinda dull.

  • Patrick Bateman

    the only Sephiroth that looks decent so far in the Dissidia costume, is the one showcased in that Square-Enix theme park ride. Other then that I always felt the weird jewlery belt and shoulder pads never suited him, the pads are too small imo and the jewels just look weird lol. While I’m not a fan, I can live with Sephiroth looking like that, Cloud on the other hand…….no.


  • Justice V

    Yeah, amano’s jewelry is always a bit weird. He throws it everywhere. As much as people complain about Nomura’s love of belts and buckles, at least those can be somewhat useful? Dozens of little crystal orbs everywhere feels excessive heh. Amano’s Cloud from Dissidia is probably my least favorite rendered Cloud.