In Final Fantasy 7 (VII) Remake you can change your party leader. It will let you change which character to start with in combat. However, while exploring outside of battle you can only control a predetermined character (usually Cloud). Who you free-roam with cannot be changed, only the starting character in battle is affected by Leader Change.
To change Party Leader in FF7 Remake:
- Go to Pause Menu (press Options-Button)
- Select Battle Settings
- Scroll over the character you want to be party leader and press Triangle to make them leader
It’s that easy! You can change Party leader at any time between combat. During fights you can also press / to change which character to actively control.