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Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo leaks, revealing a much-anticipated character and outfit

A lot of unpolished images and models from Final Fantasy 7 Remake have shown up online

Cloud Strife aims a dart in a screenshot from Final Fantasy 7 Remake Square Enix
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Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s demo appears to have leaked online, giving people access to a plethora of the game’s files.

It’s unknown how exactly players got their hands on the demo before it’s actually out, but Ars Technica notes that users could have spoofed an IP address to grab the demo or that, maybe, Sony didn’t have the file behind the right credentials.

The demo has a bit more content than what was shown at E3 in 2019, but it didn’t reveal anything huge for the game. However, players have been able to export the files from the game, picking apart some models and still images that don’t necessarily show up in the demo. Polygon has reached out to Square Enix about the images’ authenticity.

[Note: Below contains spoilers and spoiler images for Final Fantasy 7 Remake.]

One of the most notable reveal from these models is Cloud’s cross-dressing outfit. When infiltrating Don Corneo’s hideout, Cloud takes on a female disguise to help Tifa out. We saw Aerith in her special outfit last year, but this is the first we’re seeing of the shiny new remake Cloud. The image looks like it’s missing lots of textures and appears to be just generally unpolished, but it seems like Square Enix was holding on to this reveal for a while on purpose.

It should be noted that these screens seem unpolished. For instance, the last version of Aerith’s dress we saw was bright red, and she’s in a pink gown here. These could be separate outfits or scenes, though the Tokyo Game Show trailer had her talking about how she needed to dress to appeal to Don Corneo’s taste.

An image of Cloud in a dress and braids, with Aerith in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Image: Square Enix via Imgur

Red XIII, the beast-like lion who joins Cloud’s party in Midgar, was also revealed as part of the leaks.

Red XIII, also known as Nanaki, the red lion-like beast stands in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Image: Square Enix via Imgur

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is set to release on PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.