How The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Treats Female Friendships

Brit Baron, the voice for Tifa in the FF7 Remake, says the Tifa-Aerith relationship is a "good lesson that women don't have to tear other women down."

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Final Fantasy 7 was home to one of the most famous video game love triangles of all time, between Cloud and the two female leads, Tifa and Aerith. For the FF7 Remake, the introduction of these characters and their blossoming friendship has been further fleshed out with an extended period in Midgar. In an interview with GameSpot, the voices behind the characters say, as a result, the story and relationship feel refreshingly current.

"I asked a lot of questions cause I didn't understand. Are we rivals, competing for Cloud? What's happening?" said Britt Baron, who voices Tifa. "And what I ended up learning, at least in this iteration, I love the relationship that they have. They're friends. They're on the same team. It's not about these two women who could hate each other and be at each other's throats. [They] end up working together and becoming friends and fighting side by side. So I think coming out at a time like this, I was so happy for it and it's a really good lesson that women don't have to tear other women down."

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Erica Lindbeck, who voices Jessie, added that the friendship between her character and Tifa is similar in tone. "I loved the relationship between Jessie and Tifa too," she said. "It was so sweet. I was like, 'Oh, this is dope. Girlfriends, girl power.'"

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo is out now, and if you want more insights about what happens just after the demo ends, check out our hands-on preview. Be sure to read our full interview for much more from the cast. The FF7 Remake releases on PS4 on April 10.

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