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Journey Director Jenova Chen On Why He Won’t Play Final Fantasy VII Remake

Thatgamecompany’s co-founder and the director of Journey and Sky: Children of the Light goes by Jenova Chen, but that isn’t his real first name. In an interview with IGN, Chen shared that he picked Jenova while learning English in school. The class was instructed to pick English names and Chen’s friend (the only other video game fan in the class) picked Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. Chen decided he had to pick an even better character to outdo his friend, so he landed on Jenova, the ultra-powerful extraterrestrial being, after deciding Sephiroth was too difficult to pronounce and spell. “Jenova is absolutely way more badass than Cloud, so I picked that name,” Chen told IGN. Chen never intended for Jenova to be his proper name, but reverted to it in college when one of his professors struggled to pronounce his real name, Xinghan, and it has since stuck.

Needless to say, Jenova Chen is a fan of Final Fantasy VII, so we wanted to hear his thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake when we recently spoke with him about Sky: Children of the Light’s three-year anniversary. “I didn’t play it. I don’t want to ruin my memories of Final Fantasy,” Chen said, “I choose to seal my memory the way it was when I first played it.”

Pictured: Jenova Chen’s high school classmate, Cloud.

The larger Final Fantasy VII franchise has recently experienced a resurgence of sorts, even beyond the remake and the upcoming sequels to the remake. There is the mobile battle royale game that takes place in the Final Fantasy VII universe, First Soldier, the remake of Crisis Core, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, and more new games are on the way. Chen, however, is not interested in the expansion of the Final Fantasy VII universe, despite being a big enough fan to adopt a character from the universe’s name as his own.

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