Play news Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: release date, excluding PS5… We take stock of the sequel to FF7 Remake
After hearing about Final Fantasy 16, fans of Square Enix’s flagship franchise were pampered with yet another little treat. During the event, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy 7, the Japanese company unveiled a trailer for the long-awaited sequel to FF7 Remake, renamed Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. Now that we’ve finally seen the title, it’s time to take stock of everything we know.
- What is Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth all about?
- A more open world for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?
- Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth offer new gameplay?
- Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth be a real next-gen and PS5 game?
- Who is working on Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?
- Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth get a sequel?
- When will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth be released?
- What to remember from the trailer
What is Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth all about?
This part contains Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Intermission spoilers. If you want to continue reading but have not yet played the game and its DLC, we recommend that you skip to the next section.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth continues where INTERmission, the Yuffie-centric DLC escaped. As a reminder, the latter ended with a cutscene showing Cloud, Aerith, Barrett, Rouge XIII and Tifa on the outskirts of the village of Kalm. In Final Fantasy 7, it is at this point that Cloud reveals to his companions the tragic fate of his hometown. We can therefore expect flashbacks galore to make us relive it (which would explain the trailer that presents Sephiroth and Cloud side by side) … at least in theory.
Because in practice Final Fantasy 7 Remake took great liberties with the original story. It is therefore difficult to predict what will happen in this sequel. What we do know is that Yuffie wants to cross paths with Cloud and his friends. By the way, a little hope Vincent Valentine’s return, the iconic character of the unloved Dirge of Cerberus. The latter’s first mission takes place in Kalm.
The others are awaiting answers about the presence of a character presumed dead a long time ago: Zach Fair. Cloud’s former buddy actually shows up at the end of FF7 Remake and INTERmission. Suffice it to say that it is more than likely to see it get a very special meaning in this FF7 Rebirth and get explanations of the different temporalities that seem to exist side by side.
And then there is also the fate of this character that had characterized the players so much when Final Fantasy 7 was released. If you are not familiar with the story of the original game, we will not say his name, but the others know very well what we are talking about. Will the remake also take liberties with this event, which is probably one of the most famous and most effective in the history of video games? Nothing is less certain. Far from Midgar, many things can happen and the exact story of this FF7 Rebirth is still a mystery.
A more open world for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?
If the Final Fantasy 7 Remake took place in Midgar, Rebirth passes through the gates of the megalopolis to venture in “the wide world”. A script fact that can only affect the structure of the game so far very linearly. Naoki Hamaguchi (Game Director) confirmed this to IGN in 2021:
As for future improvements, or should I say “changes”, as the next episode will involve Cloud and the company leaving Midgar and exploring the world map, our next challenge will be to create gameplay that takes advantage of the world wide, unlike what we did with the current game.
The word open world has not been pronounced and the experience will no doubt be a linear minimum. Nevertheless, it will take place in a world larger than Midgars. We hope to see pictures of the various environments present and, who knows, maybe a little map of FF7 Rebirth’s world soon.
Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth offer new gameplay?
Final Fantasy 7 Remake had made an impression with its overhaul of the original combat system. By mixing turn-based and real-time, this new version of the Final Fantasy 7 gameplay was able to hit the goal of most players. But Square Enix did not stop there and offered us with DLC INTERmission even more dynamic and visually impressive matches. In addition to the energetic character that Yuffie is with his spinning attacks, the combo and sync system introduced with the arrival of Sonon gave a good boost to the gameplay. Simple interlude or starting ramp for future changes? Naoki Hamaguchi came to this point in July 2021:
With Intermission, a new element is introduced: the chain sequences where Yuffie and Sonon fight in pairs. This gives a different impression of the strategy. I would like to take advantage of that, along with other things integrated into Intermission, in our new story.
We can therefore expect to see these famous sequences again in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, which should take up the remake’s gameplay by pushing it towards ever more action. Another point that questions fans of the original game: will we see certain mini-games so far absent from the remake? If the break was marked by the return of Fort Condor, Will FF7 Rebirth honor Gold Saucer, this amusement park that allows you to participate in chocobo races or play the Triple Triad? If fans have high hopes for this, Hamaguchi has not yet commented on it.
Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth be a real next-gen and PS5 game?
Aside from the fact that Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will be released on PS5 and not PS4, there are good reasons to believe that the title will take full advantage of the capabilities of PlayStation’s next generation console. The InterGRADE version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake was also openly presented as a kind of training for the development teams so that they could master the technical capabilities of the console. To players who were disappointed to see that InterGRADE only half utilized these, Tesuya Nomura (game director) replied that if they wanted a real next-gen and PS5 experience, they had better wait for the release of Part 2 of the remake. We still do not know more, but Square Enix promises us a new experience on PS5. What can you expect from this FF7 Rebirth at the turn technically!
Who is working on Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?
If Final Fantasy 7 Remake was watched by Tetsuya Nomura (character designer on FF7, director of Kingdom Hearts …), the latter handed over his position to Naoki Hamaguchi. A great campaign for Hamaguchi, who has been working with Square Enix for almost 20 years. If he particularly worked on Final Fantasy 12 and Final Fantasy 13, the guy would not be out of place as he co-directed the Final Fantasy 7 Remake alongside Nomura.
Do not panic for fans of the well-known Japanese developer, he is still involved in the development of Rebirth. He only chose not to occupy an overly important position as he is also working on a number of projects. These were also revealed during FF7’s anniversary party: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, remake of the PSP episode scheduled for the end of the year, and Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis, mobile games to bring together the events of Crisis Core, Before Crisis and Dirge of Cerberus.
Will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth get a sequel?
As early as 2016, we learned that Square Enix was considering using the model of Final Fantasy 13 for its remake of Final Fantasy VII. As a reminder, the episode of Lynet’s Adventures was divided into three parts. Thus, we had the right to Final Fantasy 13 in 2010 (European release), then Final Fantasy 13-2 in 2012, to end with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 in 2014.
After the Final Fantasy 7 25th anniversary event, Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that a third installment will be offered by Square Enix. According to him, the development has already started in parallel with Rebirth. If the studio decides to keep the same pace, we can expect to see this third part in 2026.
When will Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth be released?
The sequel to Final Fantasy 7 Remake is scheduled for winter 2023, for PS5 only. This is a temporary exclusivity, although it is not yet known which platforms will be affected at the end of the latter. As a reminder, the FF7 Remake (and Intergrade recently) is also available on PC, but still omits Xbox consoles.