In the original FF7, Yuffie was an optional companion who had little effect on the story. Now in this upcoming DLC, all eyes are on her and her quest.
Fans of Final Fantasy VII Remake are once again abuzz with joy after the announcement of upcoming extra content to enjoy. Square Enix recently released a trailer for a story DLC called Intergrade, which focuses on another band of heroes during the main game, led by Yuffie Kisagari. The DLC will be releasing along with a photo mode mechanic for the base game, a Battle Royale game for iOS and Android devices called The First SOLDIER, and a faithful remaster of the original Final Fantasy VII for iOS and Android called Ever Crisis.
In the original Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie is one of two optional characters that can join the player’s party. As such, she had little to no impact on the main storyline of the game. Since she is now the main playable character of Intergrade, it appears Square Enix intends to give her a more prominent role for the upcoming Remake Part 2.
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The Story So Far
As shown in the trailer, Yuffie explains that she is a special forces operative of Wutai, a large nation rivaling Midgar and the Shinra Corporation. She has traveled to Midgar to steal a powerful Materia from Shinra for her homeland of Wutai to use. To accomplish her mission, she allies with the Avalanche resistance movement. Yuffie is joined by Sonon, an elite member of Avalanche who wields a large staff. However, this appears to be a different cell as they don’t take the opportunity to talk with Barrett or Tifa after they returned from destroying the second Mako reactor. Whether or not their paths will cross before or during the events of Part 2 is unknown.
A final clip at the end of the trailer teases the appearance of Weiss the Immaculate from Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus, a third-person shooter set 3 years after the events of FF7. Weiss is the leader of Deepground, a faction of SOLDIERs who Shinra developed in a secret lab deep below their headquarters. The Meteor that destroyed Midgar trapped them below, but in Dirge of Cerberus, they escape, attacking the surface and becoming the game’s main antagonists. It’s likely that Intergrade will have players exploring the Deepground facility and having to fight these experimental SOLDIERs, including Weiss.
Intergrade appears to have much of the same traversal, looting and combat mechanics present in the base game. Yuffie’s main weapon is a large shuriken that she can use either in melee or ranged combat by throwing it at enemies. This allows her to break open crates from normally unreachable areas on the map. She is a very agile opponent, able to wall-run and jump almost as high as Cloud. The trailer also gave a glimpse of one new boss players will have to face, a giant robotic caterpillar. Yuffie and Sonon appear much more coordinated than Clouds party in the base game, as we see Yuffie can repeatedly engage in team-up attacks with Sonon. She can use Sonon’s staff to lift her, allowing her to make an aerial attack. This coordination even includes a special limit break attack.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is set to launch on June 10 of this year for $69.99 on PlayStation 5. Players who have already purchased a PS4 copy of the game will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free but will still need to purchase Intergrade separately. To enjoy this extra content, players will ultimately have to upgrade to PS5 as Yuffie’s story DLC will be unavailable for PS4.
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