A Way Out is the first quest in Chapter 17, "Deliverance from Chaos" in Final Fantasy VII Remake, taking place in the Shinra Building. After Cloud Strife falls unconscious, he then awakens with Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, and Red XIII to discuss the situation.
In the room where the quest starts, the Reinforced Staff weapon for Aerith can be found in a treasure chest. Each character can be approached for a few dialogue lines, though talking to Aerith will lead to a cutscene. Once it finishes, approach the screen for another cutscene, after which a route forward is created.
The party consists of Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith; fully upgrade Aerith's weapons and equip her materia, as battles are imminent. However, her materia being equipped should ideally not come at the detriment of Barret Wallace, as he rejoins the party later. Follow Tifa and Aerith along a linear path, pick up the treasure chests containing an ether and one containing two remedies along the way, then use the elevator on the lefthand side of the room. After this, a cutscene then commences, and a battle is fought against Unknown Entity enemies, which can be defeated quickly with character abilities.
After they are defeated, stairs lead up to an elevator. If visiting the quest during Chapter Select, Chadley can be found here, and will mention another Shinra Combat Simulator. This is located by heading past him to the right, through a door to a room where a bench and vending machine are located, along with a hallway to the Shinra Combat Simulator. This is the last chance to use the Shinra Combat Simulator, and the only chance to use it with all four party members available.
To proceed with the quest, head to the elevator, leading to Hojo's Restricted Laboratory. Follow the path around the bridge, leading to a cutscene. Following this, "Find the Others" begins.
Hard mode tips
It is advisable to complete the first few Shinra Combat Simulator hard challenges to obtain Manuscripts for all characters and additional Refocus Materia. The final challenge against the summons and Pride and Joy Prototype can be completed after returning to the chapter, with materia fully leveled and weapons all fully upgraded. However, if the player can complete the challenge during their first time through here in hard mode, the Gotterdammerung accessory gained for defeating the boss is very helpful against the upcoming battles against Jenova Dreamweaver, Rufus, The Arsenal and the final battles.