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Why is Cloud so skinny in Final Fantasy 7 Remake?

Final Fantasy 7 Remake presents a new version of Cloud Strife, and he doesn't look very well.

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Since Final Fantasy 7 Remake is being directed by Tetsuya Nomura, the original character designer for the beloved RPG, it's hard not to look at this latest version of Cloud as the most definitive to date.

(Missed the new look? Check out the Final Fantasy 7 PlayStation Experience gameplay trailer.)

What's particularly interesting about the render is how very, very thin Cloud is. Sure, he's bulging with muscles - but there's so little flesh around them that, as Tumblr user StrifeHart Trash argues, he looks emaciated. The full Tumblr post is embedded below, with images of Cloud's painfully defined arms.

I don't want to say any more about this in case you've never played Final Fantasy 7, but there are good reasons to believe this might be a deliberate design choice, inspired by what we later learn of Cloud's life and story up to this point in the game, rather than a carelessly unrealistic aesthetic. You know? Super cool.

Can we talk about our feelings at the end of that trailer when we finally go face to face with Cloud? Those Mako eyes.


Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming to PS4 as a multi-part series of some kind, hopefully kicking off next year.

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