Sq. Enix simply introduced Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, a PS5-enhanced model of FF7 Remake that features graphical enhancements like “improved textures, lighting, and background environments.” However some users on ResetEra observed one different doubtlessly large graphical improve: Cloud’s famously skinny arms could have gotten a bit beefier.
Did Cloud get extra swole for next-gen, like the PS5 itself?
Clearly, this warranted a full investigation.
Try this picture, from user Tyaren:
And this GIF, from user Rickenslacker:
Convincing, proper? These two pictures make a robust argument. However my Verge colleagues and I weren’t completely positive. Like our brothers in arms at Reddit recommended, it may very well be a trick of the improved lighting or barely totally different angles within the pictures.
We wanted sturdier proof, and since we’re skilled journalists right here at The Verge, we knew we needed to dig in deep to attempt to clear up this query — like we did when evaluating the tall lady in Resident Evil Village to other tall things. So we’ve spent the higher a part of an hour arguing in regards to the difficulty in Slack, zooming in tremendous carefully on images of Cloud’s arms, and poring over trailers frame-by-frame to discover a noticeable distinction in a online game character’s nonexistent muscle mass.
Sadly, a number of side-by-side pictures from Sq. Enix itself made it tougher to settle the argument. See for your self in these screenshots captured from this official Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade video.
We wanted proof, darn it. Fortunately, my colleague Mitchell Clark had the highly effective concept to colorize pictures from the PS5 and PS4 variations of the sport and overlay them on high of one another. Try the end result in the video below (the PS5 model is purple, whereas the PS4 model is blue). To me, that is the strongest analysis but.
Disappointingly, it additionally makes it seem as if Cloud’s arms haven’t modified in dimension in any respect from PS4 to PS5. Womp womp.
I’ll depart it as much as you to determine if Cloud really beefed up or not for his PS5 debut. However I feel we will all agree on one factor: Cloud’s much more swole in each variations of Remake than he was within the authentic recreation.