With the recent Final Fantasy VII’s 25th Anniversary now in the books, Square Enix gave fans a glimpse of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake: Part 2. Square Enix revealed that the second part of the remake would be entitled Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. Let’s dive deeper into everything we know about Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, including essential details such as release date, gameplay, narrative, trailer analysis, and more.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Release Date
According to the trailer, Square Enix plans to launch Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth next Winter. If we’re to assume this correctly, we’ll most likely have a release date from December 2023 to March 2024. Square Enix also revealed during the event that Final Fantasy VII Remake would have three parts, Rebirth being the mid-game build-up to the finale.
Given the track record of Square Enix delaying games, we can only assume that this is a reasonable estimate as to when we’ll be able to play Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. Concerning the delayed release of Forspoken, we should give Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth at least a six-month window from the expected release of the game.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Story
Final Fantasy VII Remake’s story diverges from what we know in the original game. With the introduction of destiny-altering events in the remake, the plot became convoluted even for long-time fans of the game. The ending of Final Fantasy VII: Remake implied that one of the series’ most iconic characters, Zack Fair, survived against an army of Shinra Troops.
However, this is still unconfirmed, but hopefully, we will finally get an answer regarding his whereabouts in the sequel.
The first part also tackled the “different timelines” theory as there are cutscenes wherein we see our protagonists, especially Cloud, have visions of events at various points in time. This divergence makes the remake a different experience. The diversion from the original plot and the sense of “I don’t know what’s going to happen yet I have an idea based on the original game” truly gives this remake a touch of uniqueness.
Regardless, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth would most likely tackle flashbacks, as seen in the trailer with Sephiroth and Cloud traveling to Nibelheim. Square Enix made it more prominent that Zack might be playing a significant role in the second part of the installment by featuring him in almost the entire trailer reveal. We can’t wait for what’s in store in Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Official Trailer
The trailer begins with Aerith narrating that what’s done is done; however, even if the future has already been set, it can be changed. This statement further implies that the future events in the remake will be a lot different than in the original game. The trailer cuts into Cloud and Sephiroth strolling a mountainous area.
Most likely, these are the events before the Nibelheim incident, at least to Cloud’s recollection of his memory. During these scenes, the narration changes into Aerith and Cloud’s conversation, wherein Cloud confesses that he saw Aerith die at Sephiroth’s hands.
The scene then changes into Zack accompanying Cloud back to Midgar, which did not happen in the original Crisis Core. We all know that Zack died at the end of Crisis Core, and he left Cloud to get back to Midgar on his own. The trailer ends with the title’s reveal, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, and its projected release date.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Gameplay
Final Fantasy VII: Remake’s combat is fun and enticing, and we expect to have the same feeling for the sequel. Hopefully, Square Enix further improves on their battle system and flesh it out even further. As for the sequel’s gameplay, you can expect the same mechanics from the first game: materia system, freely switching between party members, and casting special or unique abilities to turn the tides of battle.
In the sequel, I hope to see how we can transfer our progression from the first game to the next. This feature adds a sense of “journey” toward the episodic collection of the remake. What I would hate is if Square Enix decides to create a narrative excuse for you to lose everything you had from the first game.
That decision would undoubtedly make it easier for the developers to code everything in, but at the same time, it feels as if it’s a lazy excuse.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Platforms
At the end of the trailer, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth would be exclusive to the PS5. There’s no indication if it will be a timed-exclusive, similar to the first part of the remake.
With almost a year and a half left until we get a taste of the continuation of Final Fantasy VII: Remake, we can’t wait to see how the narrative unfolds. Also, we still have Final Fantasy XVI to keep us busy until the release date of the game.