Voice actor and Critical Role star Matt Mercer will play Vincent Valentine in Square Enix’s upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
As Kotaku reported, Mercer announced at New York Comic Con that he would be playing the gun-toting pseudo-vampire in the highly anticipated sequel to Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This was followed by a tweet from the official Final Fantasy Twitter account (below).
Mercer, who has played many prolific video game characters including Ganondorf in “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” said that the Square Enix team pranked him before he was offered the role.
It is official!
– FINAL FANTASY VII (@finalfantasyvii) October 14, 2023
The voice actor was brought in to record lines for an unimportant NPC in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth before the script screen appeared to malfunction and eventually faded to black. What later emerged was the script for a different character, Vincent, and Mercer revealed that Square Enix wanted him to play the iconic character.
A year full of dreams culminates here. No game has impressed me as much as FF7, and being a part of it, let alone one of my favorite characters, is an honor beyond words.
Thanks everyone for the energy: https://t.co/XlQd6S6arA
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) October 14, 2023
Vincent will not be playable in the sequel, but will simply be a “companion character” to the group, similar to Red XIII’s role in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The spook was playable in the original game, where he wielded handguns in combat and transformed into a giant monster with his Limit Break.
Square Enix recently got a bit philosophical when explaining the wild logic behind Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s box art. Things get a little strange when it comes to the series, however, as Square Enix explains what was long considered a plot hole in Final Fantasy 7 Remake as having Aerith having vague memories of future events.
After around a year of silence about the long-awaited sequel, the developer also took to Twitter in June to share some revealing and bizarre updates.
However, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s February 29th release date is getting closer and closer and fans are finally learning more and more about the game. Square Enix confirmed that there will be new story content centered around Zack and may even integrate Sephiroth’s backstory from the mobile game Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.