A new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth was revealed during today's PlayStation State of Play, offering a much closer look at the next entry in the remake trilogy. The trailer was pretty in-depth, offering a first look at Cait Sith, and several other major moments from the original Final Fantasy VII. The game also seems to be taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5 hardware, and already looks like a major step-up from Final Fantasy VII Remake! The game also now has a release date: it will be arriving on February 29, 2024. Pre-orders for a digital twin pack are available now on the PlayStation Store.
One of the biggest questions about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is just how much the game will stray from its inspiration. Final Fantasy VII is one of the most beloved games of all-time, and the second game in the trilogy should give us a better idea just how much will be changing. There has been a lot of speculation about whether the fate of Aerith will be different than it was in the original game. The character's death in Final Fantasy VII remains one of the most memorable in all of gaming, but there are still a lot of people that remain scarred by the event, even after more than two decades!
Following the trailer's release, PlayStation revealed a collector's edition for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. The collector's edition will include the game, a SteelBook, a CD soundtrack, an art book, and a Sephiroth statue. The game's regular box art will feature Cloud, Sephiroth, and Zack Fair. Zack played a very small role in the original Final Fantasy VII. However, the character's importance to the Final Fantasy VII mythos has expanded over the years, most notably through Crisis Core. Zack will clearly be playing a much bigger role in the remake trilogy, and that is quite evident given the fact that he's now appearing on the box art!
A Vast World
Following the release date announcement, Square Enix released a statement from Final Fantasy VII Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase. Kitase reiterated that the game can be enjoyed "as a standalone adventure" and a recap of the first game's events will be provided. Kitase also teased that players will have a "vast world map to explore" and that much is very evident from the trailer. By the time Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases, it will have been four years since the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. It remains to be seen whether the wait will be worth it, but the game certainly looks impressive so far!
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