Square Enix has revealed how to pronounce Cait Sith for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Rebirth as we imagine many voice actors will be saying the character’s name in the game. The pronunciation of Cait Sith has been debated since the original game launched in 1997 but because all dialogue was text-based, nobody really knew how Square Enix intended for the name to be pronounced. We finally have confirmation and some fans are divided.
As revealed by the official Final Fantasy VII Twitter account, the correct pronunciation of Cait Sith is exactly how one would assume it sounds at first glance: “Kate Sihth.” That’s more or less how many fans have been saying the name over the years but some fans believe that it should be pronounced “Ket Shee” because of the name’s Scottish Gaelic origins. The name Cait Sith actually originates from a creature in Celtic mythology and every video game interpretation of the mythical creature has stuck with its Gaelic pronunciation.
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However, Square Enix has clarified the correct way to pronounce Cait Sith, mainly because it’s the way voice actors will say the name in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. The company likely decided on this as a creative decision for the character in addition to “Kate Sihth” being the way most fans have pronounced the character’s name for decades. It’s similar to the “Aerith” situation where the Japanese translation of her name was “Aeris”, despite Square Enix officially clarifying it as Aerith for years.
Not everyone seems to be in agreement of Square Enix’s pronunciation of Cait Sith. Some fans believe that saying the name differently to its Gaelic/Celtic origins is erasing the name’s historical significance in another culture while others are fine with it being said exactly the way it’s spelled.
In related news, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is set to ship on two discs which means it will have a massive install size on PS5. Square Enix justified this by having at least 100 hours worth of content in the game as it tackles an open-world setting.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on 29 February 2024 for PS5. Make sure you check out our South African pre-order guide and its various editions.