Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has a date. The next title in the remake project releases on February 29th, 2024.
Sony released a trailer with the announcement to end their September State of Play Presentation. Where its immediate predecessor, Final Fantasy VII Remake, stayed in the city of Midgar, Rebirth leaves Midgar to the rest of the Planet.
Cloud must find and stop Sephiroth’s ominous plans. After Remake, the ex-SOLDIER left Midgar with Tifa, Barret, Aerith, and Red XIII. Here, new characters like Yuffie, Cait Sith, and Vincent Valentine join the fight. Yuffie appeared in Remake’s lone DLC, Intermission. Caith Sith cameoed in Remake during a pivotal plot point, and Vincent Valentine featured in the PS2’s Dirge of Cerberus spin-off.
All three are additional party members from the original Final Fantasy VII who do not appear until after Midgar.
Throughout the trailer, major locations like Junon, Nibelheim, and the Golden Saucer all showed up. While we don’t know how closely Rebirth will follow the original story, we do know core identifiable features will return.
These features extend to gameplay both new and classic. Chocobo riding, various minigames, and more Summons return in Rebirth.
Fans of the original may recognize Chocobo’s multi-colored options. Each color gave Chocobos different traversal abilities in the original. Now, it seems these options expand to wall climbing and flying Chocobos.
Recent Final Fantasy History
Final Fantasy VII Remake released in 2020 to high praise. Longtime fans enjoyed the various callbacks to the original game, critics praised the combat system, and awards shows nominated it for their Game of the Year.
In more recent releases, Rebirth’s release follows this summer’s Final Fantasy XVI. XVI released to strong reception due to its Action-RPG combat and its lead actor’s performance, Ben Starr as Clive Rosfield. However, the game did not hit Square Enix’s projections which lost the company around $2 billion.
Regardless of Square’s projections, fans will be clamoring for Rebirth next year.