I think the developers stressed time and time again that this is a remake. Certain elements of the game will be different. First, they’ve changed the traditional ATB system to real-time action. But what if the story changes to reflect other, less desirable events of the game
Could it be that a character named “Joe Detective” actually appear as a homage? Probably. Could it be that Final Fantasy 7 actually takes place in New York? No, but if it did it would justify all of the advertisement they’re going to put into the game.
For example, did you know they wanted to kill Barret off? As Tetsuya Nomura explains:
It’s funny, some magazine ran that story, but only the beginning and end of it. People think that I wanted to kill off Aerith and replace her with Tifa as the main character! [Laughs] The actual conversation between Mr. Kitase and myself was very, very long. Originally, there were only going to be three characters in the entire game: Cloud, Barrett, and Aerith. Can you imagine that? And we knew even in the early concept stage that one character would have to die. But we only had three to choose from. I mean, Cloud’s the main character, so you can’t really kill him. And Barrett… well, that’s maybe too obvious. But we had to pick between Aerith and Barrett. We debated this for a long time, but in the end decided to sacrifice Aerith.
Why would they kill Barret? Probably to atone for the deaths and Biggs, Wedge and Jesse. He would have died at Shinra before the party makes it to the world map.
And what if there are only a handful of permanent characters, with only temporary party members.
Also, Kitase wanted every character outside of three you choose to raid Midgar to die in an air crash. How monumentally frustrating, as you would have had to pick TWO characters besides Cloud not to die. What a waste, and not in a good way. But what if they remake the game with this in mind?
The remake is happening. Be careful what you wish for.