How Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Has Changed

How Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Has Changed

Yes, there's the obvious difference: From 1997 polygons to slick, modern day graphics. But more than that, the character's design has subtly changed over the years. Let's examine those changes.

Via 2ch, here is the the evolution of Cloud's mug. Of course, if game graphics were used for the earlier titles, the alterations would be more even more dramatic, but the point here is to see how the character's conceptions has changed.

How Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Has Changed

Thus game art, it seems, is used for the era when the graphics weren't what they are today.

If you are wondering why the Advent Children Cloud can't be used for the remake, Final Fantasy VII character designer Tetsuya Nomura told Famitsu that it's because the AC model is over ten years old and "too old" to use from a technical standpoint. Fair enough.

How Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Has Changed

And if you are wondering why the Remake Cloud looks somewhat sickly, Nomura also added that the trailer's lighting makes Cloud looks pale and thin. FYI!

Do you have a favourite Cloud? What about a least favourite one?


    I could write an essay on FF7's lighting/palette, they did a great job recreating it in the remake footage so far.

      agreed, it looks spot on as far as tone etc compared to the original PSX release (within reason).
      Can't wait for the remake.

      The light shimmering off Cloud's sword as he runs through the streets could get a little... distracting

    getting gayer every iteration

      Tends to happen as people age

      And by 'gayer' I hope you mean 'fabulous.'

    I think it is mostly a faithful reproduction of the original cloud. The lighting does make him look slightly paler and sicker but I think that works with the subtext of everything that is happeneing.

      Yeah especially as at the beginning of the main game he's just recovered from a bath of Jenova juice for the past 5 years.

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