All of us knew Closing Fantasy 7 Remake was only the start however had no concept how lengthy we must anticipate the following half, and even what number of elements of this extremely bold challenge would find yourself spanning. Since followers have been begging Sq. Enix to remake what is kind of presumably the preferred and necessary JRPG of all time for years, there has clearly been a whole lot of stress on them to get it proper. Whereas there was a loads of skepticism for the primary half altering a lot concerning the core components, as soon as we had it in our fingers, it turned nearly universally praised.
After Remake, there was subsequent to no information on when Cloud and his ragtag crew’s journey would proceed. That’s, not till the twenty fifth anniversary of the unique PlayStation 1 sport, when Sq. Enix dropped a ton of information on us suddenly. The largest information was clearly the official reveal of Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the second half in what we now know to be a trilogy of titles. After beating the primary half, you must know that your data of the unique title will solely serve you so effectively going ahead, so here is every little thing we find out about Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Notice: There will likely be spoilers all through for each Closing Fantasy 7 Remake and the unique Closing Fantasy 7.
Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth was revealed with only a launch window for now. As of the time of this writing, it’s scheduled to come back out “subsequent winter,” that means the winter of 2023 working into early 2024. Contemplating Closing Fantasy 16 is slated to launch someday in the summertime of subsequent yr, we might think about Sq. Enix would wish to give a superb quantity of house between these titles, so our guess is that it comes both very late in 2023 or, extra doubtless, January or February of 2024
That is one other attention-grabbing facet of the entire Closing Fantasy 7 retelling trilogy. All of us bear in mind the primary half, Closing Fantasy 7 Remake, being a PS4 unique at launch, then later getting a PS5 improve in addition to a PC model. Nonetheless, that sport has not but come to another platforms. Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth, at the very least so far as the reveal trailer signifies, will observe the identical components, although skipping the PS4. When it comes out, you possibly can solely play this sport on the PS5.
We suspect that, once more, Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth will come to PC inside a yr of the PS5 model, if the identical sort of deal between Sony and Sq. Enix exists for this sport because it had for the primary. So far as Xbox gamers are involved, whereas we knew that Closing Fantasy 7 Remake was solely a timed unique, the truth that it nonetheless hasn’t proven up on that platform but signifies that both the deal retains the video games unique to Sony consoles till the following sport within the sequence comes out and even presumably till your complete trilogy is out. That is pure hypothesis, however is the one factor that is smart when it has been over two years with out it coming to Xbox.
Our first take a look at Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth was in a fast trailer that exposed the sport through the Closing Fantasy 7 twenty fifth anniversary occasion in 2022. It opens with Aerith stating that whereas the previous could also be set in stone, the long run might be modified, even when it has been “written.” That is clearly referencing the final sport the place notable modifications to the story weren’t simply made however had been really a plot level that we’ll go right into a bit extra later.
We get a shot of the long-lasting meteor crashing into the planet with the straightforward query posed, “What’s going to grow to be of the planet?” From there we see the Cloud for the primary time strolling with Sephiroth towards a forested space as he states that “he needs to complete what he began – reclaim his birthright and rule over the planet with Jenova at his aspect.” This scene is nearly actually from the flashback that happens proper after Cloud and his crew depart Midgar and he explains his previous with the villain in his hometown.
As the 2 proceed strolling, we hear extra conversations, with Cloud more than likely speaking about how he thought Tifa was already useless after Sephiroth went mad, burned down their hometown, and tried to steal Jenova from the reactor. Tifa stops him and asks what he means and if he thinks she’s an imposter. That is closely foreshadowing the twist that Cloud’s reminiscences of this occasion are usually not correct, completely main into the following block of textual content asking, “What’s truth and what’s fiction?”
Subsequent, we see the change that might have probably the most main implications for this new timeline going ahead: Zack. We see Zack carrying Cloud towards Midgar as a substitute of Cloud making his method on his personal after Zack died to guard him. Cloud says, “You had been right here with me… 5 years in the past. The place are you? What occurred to you? ” This raises many questions on when this line was delivered for the reason that authentic Cloud did not notice he and Zack had been totally different individuals till after he fell into the lifestream a lot later within the sport. Aerith stating, “I’m making an attempt so arduous to search out you,” makes way more sense since she by no means knew Zack died at this level and the 2 had been in a relationship earlier than assembly Cloud. Zack’s solely line, which may very effectively be to both Cloud or Aerith, is, “Sorry… really feel like I failed you.” After which we minimize to the brand new title of Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
We do not wish to go too deep into what occurred in Closing Fantasy 7 Remake, particularly not theories right here, however there are some things value noting that will likely be necessary for Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth. First, the one gameplay we see is Cloud and Spehiroth apparently on their method to the city or reactor within the mountains of Nibelheim. This suggests that the occasions of this flashback will not change – not as a result of Sephiroth, or one other drive, cannot or will not intrude with what occurred there, however as a result of that is Cloud’s incorrect recollection of these occasions. This story is informed within the first metropolis you go to after leaving Midgar, Kalm.
Zack is the opposite main participant to contemplate. His survival may very well be the largest change to the story but and significantly influence not solely the narrative but in addition character relationships. We’re very curious to see what occurred to him after reaching Midgar and the way, or why, he was separated from Cloud and by no means reunited with Aerith.
In fact, there’s the large query: Will Aerith survive this time round? That is unattainable to reply proper now and will simply go each methods, which is thrilling in its personal proper to not know what’s coming. Since we all know that this sequence will likely be three elements lengthy – based mostly on storytelling methods, anyway – the second half is often the place our heroes are at their lowest level, so whereas it might not occur to the identical individual, or in the identical method, odds are that one thing will occur on the conclusion of this sport that places Cloud and others at a low level.
So far as the place the story will go, we are able to solely guess based mostly on the unique sport, however as a result of they’ve primarily damaged freed from the bounds of that sport, who is aware of how a lot issues will change. For followers of the unique, that’s maybe a very powerful a part of this new telling of occasions.
OK, so whereas we did see the gameplay within the preliminary trailer, it was nothing greater than strolling round. That leaves a whole lot of questions in thoughts, probably the most distinguished being about how they may deal with the open-world facet. Now that we’re out of Midgar, issues will vastly open up if the sport is something like the unique. Within the authentic, shifting across the overworld was represented by an enormous mannequin of Cloud strolling over the terrain, which would not stylistically match with the hyper-realistic fashions and environments we now have in Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This may very well be fastened when you begin touring with automobiles, nevertheless, so maybe touring early on will likely be extra truncated or computerized till you get your first Chocobo to journey.
By way of fight, once more, nothing was proven, however based mostly on how well-received the brand new motion and turn-based hybrid system was in Closing Fantasy 7 Remake was, it will be foolish to suppose they might transfer away from that. Clearly, they may increase it, not solely with new materia but in addition with new social gathering members. Crimson XIII, for instance, ought to lastly be a playable character, plus Yuffie, Cait Sith, and hopefully Cid and Vincent, too. Every one will little question have their very own techniques. In that regard, we anticipate minor alterations on the core however extra selection by way of new characters, gear, and materia.
Outdoors of the principle story, we’re slightly curious as to how a lot aspect content material to count on. Closing Fantasy 7 Remake added in a ton of aspect quests and crammed in a ton of gaps to make the Midgar part final a full sport, however now that we’re out, there’s already a whole lot of foremost plot, open-world areas, and dozens of huge areas to get via in simply two titles that, in the event that they put in as a lot aspect content material as the primary sport, Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth may simply balloon as much as a 100-hours-plus sport. Whereas some might love that, it won’t be practical.
Although it technically hasn’t been acknowledged, we really feel assured in assuming that Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirthlike Remake earlier than it and the OG title earlier than that, will likely be single-player solely. There are methods we may see some odd multiplayer-type issues added right here and there, like leaderboards or video games within the Golden Saucer, however we’re fairly assured that Sq. Enix needs to maintain this a pure, single-player expertise.
Closing Fantasy 7 Rebirth was solely simply revealed and remains to be fairly a methods off. As soon as the discharge window of “winter” will get centered down right into a date, we count on the pre-orders to start out popping up. Once they do, we’ll fill you in on all of the editions and particulars you want.