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Episode INTERmission is a downloadable extra episode for Final Fantasy VII Remake. It takes place midway through the events of Final Fantasy VII Remake, and follows Yuffie Kisaragi, its main protagonist, as she enters Midgar in search of a hidden materia within the Shinra Building. Yuffie teams up with Sonon Kusakabe, a fellow Wutaian, and with members of Avalanche, on her quest, before coming into contact with the Shinra Electric Power Company executive, Scarlet. The story in the episode is entirely new, and not based on any events within Final Fantasy VII, though it does reference some elements of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
The episode is included with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. Upgrading Final Fantasy VII Remake to the PS5 version does not include Episode INTERmission, and must be purchased separately.
- Yuffie Kisaragi, the playable protagonist, a 16-year-old ninja from Wutai who has come to Midgar to infiltrate the Shinra Company and steal their "ultimate materia".
- Sonon Kusakabe, a ninja from Wutai sent to support Yuffie. He is Yuffie's father Godo Kisaragi's former student and hates Shinra for what happened to his sister during the Wutai War. Sonon is a guest party member, who can synchronize with Yuffie but not be directly controlled.
The Wutaian duo is supported by an Avalanche cell consisting of Zhijie, the charismatic and fearless leader, and the members Nayo, Billy Bob, and Polk. While in the slums, Yuffie also meets the eccentric Old Snapper, the mysterious Chadley, and the impressed Wymer who wants to hire Yuffie to the neighborhood watch, though she is uninterested.
Yuffie came to Midgar to steal a legendary materia from Shinra rumored of being in the works. She made her way through the mostly abandoned slum areas littered with rubble and monsters, shocked at the state of the supposed megalopolis. She ran into strange men dressed in long dark cloaks with number tattoos on their arms, who did not defend themselves even when monsters attacked them. She became crept out how the men were acting and made haste to the inhabited area of the slums by following posters of moogles posted by Avalanche to guide her.
Yuffie surprised the local neighborhood watch by arriving from the monster-infested scrapyard and made her way to the local clinic that had a moogle doll outside. The clinic was actually a front for a local Avalanche cell, led by Zhijie and ran by Nayo, Billy Bob, and Polk. Yuffie learned her partner Sonon was not there though he had arrived days ago, and scouted out the area while waiting for him to return. She learned to play Fort Condor, a tabletop tower defense game that had gained popularity recently, and took on Chadley's VR mission. She found a Wutai supporter called Old Snapper advertising the Happy Turtle bar with an unusual campaign; Yuffie took part and scored a materia as a reward. She impressed Wymer, the local neighborhood watch leader, by venturing into the abandoned factory in the area despite the monsters that lurked within.
Finally meeting up with Sonon, the two teamed up to infiltrate the Shinra Building and make way to Scarlet's weapons research facility in the basement. Sonon was a former student of Yuffie's father, the former leader of Wutai, Godo, who was currently imprisoned while a new government had taken over. Yuffie did not want to hear about her father, but Sonon still respected his old master, and so agreed to follow Yuffie's lead even if he was her senior. Yuffie was pleased with her status as "boss", and the mission was underway.
They realized their goals differed from the aims of the Avalanche cell that had agreed to help them; while Yuffie and Sonon felt but hatred for Midgar and Shinra both, the Avalanche members sought to liberate the city from Shinra. Yuffie considered it impossible to separate the two, the city being entirely Shinra's creation. Yuffie and Sonon learned of the infamous "splinter cell" of Avalanche that also took residence in the slums, which was behind the recent attacks on Midgar's mako reactors. Yuffie thought the splinter cell had the right idea on how to attack both city and Shinra at the same time, and secretly thought they should have partnered with them instead. Barret and Tifa were members of this splinter cell, returning from their bombing mission on Mako Reactor 5 looking dejected, informing Biggs that they had lost contact with the hired member of the group, the mercenary Cloud Strife.
When Nayo took Yuffie and Sonon to meet a contact who would provide them with forged ID cards to get into the Shinra Building, they were accosted by Don Corneo's lackeys looking for "bridal candidates" to recommend to the Trio back in Wall Market. They took a liking to Nayo, infuriating Yuffie when being overlooked for "being a kid". They beat the lackeys up who departed after hearing they had secured an excellent candidate already.
Nayo, Yuffie, and Sonon met up with the contact in a warehouse who gave them Shinra ID cards. Zhijie had gotten into trouble, however, Shinra having arrested him and currently escorting him out to the factory in the outskirts. Yuffie and Sonon followed them and saved Zhijie while battling a Shinra mecha built to resemble a centipede. Zhijie had learned Shinra was going to destroy the Sector 7 slums, and Yuffie asked him to inform the "splinter cell" as well. They returned to find the "clinic" ransacked, the locals shocked that an Avalanche hideout had been uncovered in their midst. Yuffie and Sonon made their way to the train station where the last train heading to topside was about to depart, as the train schedule had become erratic after the recent bombing on Mako Reactor 5. To their relief, they spotted Nayo, Billy Bob, and Polk in the crowd, also leaving the slums.
The train was packed and Yuffie suffered from motion sickness and fretted over the ID scan, though the fake IDs Avalanche had provided them got them through it. Sonon told Yuffie about his sister, Melphie, who had perished in the Wutai War when Shinra troops attacked everyone indiscriminately. Yuffie realized Sonon was trying to act as a surrogate elder brother toward her, and rejected being compared to his sister.
They made their way to the Shinra Building, which was swarmed by reporters. They got through in guise of being Shinra employees and made way to the elevator, when Scarlet, the head of Shinra's weapons development, stepped into the lift with them and noticed they were Wutaians. Rather than raise the alarm and have them captured, she sent them to her weapons research department for use as test subjects against her latest mechas. Yuffie and Sonon navigated their way through the facility while destroying Shinra's weapons and stealing every materia they could get their hands on, but could not find any "ultimate materia". Scarlet followed their progress through security cameras, puzzled over what they were after, before confronting the two "in person" via a hologram and soon after, in her personal war machine.
After being defeated, Scarlet remained unfazed, disappointed that her creation had not fared as well as she had hoped but recognizing what needed to be improved in its design. Sonon went ahead while Yuffie stayed to interrogate Scarlet, who claimed Shinra did not have any "ultimate materia" as such projects had been postponed in favor of a more immediate one: the dropping of Sector 7 plate. Yuffie did not at first realize the magnitude of this, but when she heard Sonon in trouble she rushed to help him and relayed the news, learning thar "dropping the plate" meant Shinra was going to destroy 1/8th of the metropolis, killing countless of their own citizens. Scarlet deployed Deepground on Yuffie and Sonon and released Nero the Sable to pursue them to see what would happen. She trapped them in a Combat Simulator with maximum pain level, but the two made broke out by destroying the projector.
Yuffie and Sonon came upon a sight of carnage where Nero had killed the Deepground SOLDIERs. Nero turned his focus on the two, and Yuffie tried to keep her cool even if scared by Nero's mysterious powers over darkness. The Shinra scientists set to monitor Nero lost control of him, but Yuffie and Sonon prevailed. On their way out, Nero regained consciousness and came after them. Sonon shoved Yuffie to the elevator leading out and pushed the up button while shielding the door. Nero impaled his body and dragged him away to darkness while Sonon hallucinated meeting with his sister. Yuffie realized Sonon had sacrificed himself to protect her to make up for the time he was unable to save his sister Melphie in the Wutai War, and was overcome with grief. When she got out, she saw Sector 7 plummet to the ground.
Yuffie left Midgar on a chocobo. Not wanting to give up on her mission to fighting Shinra, stealing their materia, and restoring Wutai's glory, she thought she would need some new companions to join her, as it would be a tough mission to complete alone. Elsewhere, Barret, Cloud, Tifa, Aerith and Red XIII were on their way to Kalm before hitching a ride from Choco Bill, a local chocobo farmer. Elsewhere still in an unknown time, Zack Fair, still in possession of the Buster Sword, came to the Sector 5 slums church. Instead of finding Aerith there like he had expected, the church was full of injured topsiders, seemingly taking refuge.
"Episode INTERmission" has two chapters:
- Wutai's Finest, taking place within the Sector 7 Slums. Yuffie Kisaragi is introduced and explores the slums, joining up with Avalanche, meeting various characters. Three sidequests take place, including collecting flyers for the Happy Turtle bar, fighting Ramuh, and playing the Fort Condor minigame.
- Covert Ops, taking place in the Shinra Building. The chapter mostly comprises a brawl through the Shinra Building, though it does include the Shinra Box Buster minigame.