Yep Red XIII is playable via save editing pic.twitter.com/9eoacm2VsA
— James (@MP1stLara) April 22, 2020
Red XIII is not a playable character, and so editing him into your party means there are major limitations on what you can do with him. For example, you can see in the above tweet that he doesn’t have a special move assigned to the Triangle button. He does have his own unique attack animations, though, as these were developed for him to use as an AI ‘guest’ party member.
The biggest limitation, though, is that he is removed from the party when the game hits cutscenes or when other party members leave. As this is just a save editor and not a modification (it’s harder, if not impossible, to mod PS4 games) it’s unlikely that Red XIII will ever be more than a temporary playable character on console. However, it does signal that if there is ever a PC version of the game then modders may be able to flesh him out into a more permanent teammate.
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Earlier this year Square Enix explained why Red XIII is not a playable character in Final Fantasy 7 Remake; the developers decided that since he would only be present in the game’s final hours, it didn’t make sense to have him as a full party member. A second game in the series, which will take place after the party leaves Midgar, is already in the works, and so hopefully Red XIII will be fully playable in that game.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.