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After Square Enix has been teasing us on social media with developer details from Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, during the Summer Game Fest liveshow a new trailer was revealed showing us a glimpse of what the open world will look like.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second entry in the Final Fantasy VII remake project and picks up the story after Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith and Red XIII escape from Midgar. The game will be released early 2024 on two discs exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Final Fantasy VII

Today 26 years ago in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released in Japan on the original PlayStation. Square Enix has announced on Twitter that in Japan "Final Fantasy VII Day" has been officially registered to commemorate the anniversary of the launch of the original game.

Yoshinori Kitase, director of the original game and producer of the Final Fantasy VII remake project, shared a special message:

The 31st of January 1997, the day that Final Fantasy VII came out, was not just a significant day for the Final Fantasy series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.

I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.

With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.

Yoshinori Kitase
Director, Final Fantasy VII
Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake project

Yoshinori Kitase - Final Fantasy VII Day

Happy Final Fantasy VII Day everyone!

Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix has announced the second chapter in the re-imagining of Final Fantasy VII titled Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. We now also know that the re-imagining will be a trilogy.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth logo

Final Fantasy VII remake series Creative Director, Tetsuya Nomura said:

As revealed on the broadcast, there are currently four Final Fantasy VII projects being developed in parallel. Although each of the four titles plays a different role, they are all connected through the high-quality depictions of Final Fantasy VII’s world and characters. As someone who was involved with the development of each and every one of the original titles, I deeply understand the vision and thoughts behind each project, and I am actively involved in the development process for all four titles.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not. In fact, new players might even enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Cloud and his friends embark on a new journey in this game, and I believe that the scenes that they witness after leaving Midgar will give players a fresh, new experience. I can’t wait to share the intention behind naming the first title, “Remake,” and the second title, “Rebirth.” In time, I hope to reveal what the third title will be called, and where this journey will ultimately lead.

The development of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure. A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production began is truly rare. In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I myself have started on the development and am working towards the completion of the series.

We will work to deliver this title to fans with the same amount of enthusiasm from now until we reach the finish line. In the meantime, please enjoy the other 25th anniversary projects that further expand the world of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Director Naoki Hamaguchi said:

I am overjoyed that we are able to announce Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and I feel a strong sense of duty to deliver the ultimate Final Fantasy VII experience to all the fans eagerly awaiting this game. The development has already entered full production and the team is highly motivated in putting everything together on the project and working to create a finished game. The Final Fantasy VII remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is much more than just one installment in the series. We are developing it with all of the passion and dedication needed to create an original game and plan to deliver the ultimate gameplay and world building experience. Trust me, it will be worth the wait!

And finally Yoshinori Kitase, Final Fantasy VII Remake series Producer and Final Fantasy VII Director said:

We have officially announced that the second title Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released next winter, approximately three years after the original Final Fantasy VII Remake released in April 2020. Three years may feel like a long time for all the fans who are eagerly awaiting the next game, but we want to offer the best experience possible and reassure everyone that development is proceeding at an astonishingly fast pace for such a large-scale HD title. Making the middle part of a trilogy has its own challenges, but there are plenty of classic second installments in the world of film that are defined by stunning story twists and deeper explorations of their characters. Often these second installments become a favorite amongst the fans. In the same vein, we are aiming to make Final Fantasy VII Rebirth an even more gripping and memorable experience than Final Fantasy VII Remake, so please wait a little longer while we finish up.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released on PlayStation 5 in the Winter of 2023/2024. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Final Fantasy VII

Recently Square Enix has announced that they will be streaming the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 15:00 PDT /  23:00 BST. In the show the latest information relating to the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII will be shown.

On Twitter, Tetsuya Nomura, director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, said the following:

“We will be streaming “FINAL FANTASY VII 25th Anniversary Celebration”. At only around 10 minutes long, it will be short and sweet, but we have packed in lots of information, so I hope everyone can look forward to the unveiling.”

Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration

Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 anyone?

Final Fantasy VII was released in Japan on 31 January 1997 on the original PlayStation. In 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake was released covering the first section of the original in the city of Midgar.

The stream can be viewed on YouTube.

Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier Official Broadcast #2: Half Anniversary Special livestream creative director Tetsuya Nomura said that Square Enix will share Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary related news this June.

Nomura did not say what game it will be about. Most likely Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, a mobile game set for release this year. Back in January, in the previous livestream, Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase teased “And as for the Final Fantasy VII Remake news you’ve been waiting on, I think I’ll be able to share more this year… maybe…”. Let's hope next month more information will be released of Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is the first game that has reimagined the original Final Fantasy VII and is set in the place of Midgar. It was released back in 2020 on PlayStation 4. In 2021 an enhanced version was released on PlayStation 5 called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary logo

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Recently Sony and Square Enix has announced that five Final Fantasy games will be added to PlayStation Now starting with Final Fantasy VII on 7 September 2021. In the next four months one Final Fantasy game will be added.

The version of Final Fantasy VII that will be added is the PlayStation 4 version, which is a port of the 'enhanced' PC version released back in 2012 bringing additional boosters. You can speed up the game, max the character statistics and disable random battles.

In the upcoming months one game will be added every month.

  • 5 October 2021: Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • 2 November 2021: Final Fantasy IX
  • 7 December 2021: Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • 4 January 2022: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming subscription service that allow players to stream PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.

Final Fantasy on PlayStation Now

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Last month Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo. The three trademarks recently made public.

All three trademarks are related to the Final Fantasy VII series:

  • "Ever Crisis" sounds like next entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII subseries with games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • "The First Soldier" seems to be a reference to Sephiroth.
  • Shinra Electric Power Company is the megacorporation headquartered in the city of Midgar.

Or are these titles related with part two of Final Fantasy VII Remake which is currently in development?

Update 21-01-2021: Square Enix has also filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis" in Canada and Europe and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Square Enix has announced that they will release a physical edition of Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on PlayStation 4 in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand on 4 December 2020.

The games can now be pre-ordered at the Square Enix Store. Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack is priced at € 39,99 and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered at € 19.99.

Final Fantasy VII has been released digitally on PlayStation 4 in December 2015, followed by Nintendo Switch in March 2019. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been released in September 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch was first released in Southeast Asia in 2019 and supports the English and Japanese language.

 Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Final Fantasy VII

On Friday Square Enix has announced on Twitter that they have released patch 1.01 for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version of Final Fantasy VII which fixes a very old audio bug.

The audio bug caused the background music to restart after each battle. This bug was introduced in the iOS version that was developed by D4 Enterprise and released on 19 August 2015. The PlayStation 4 version, that was developed by DotEmu and released on 5 December 2015, also contained this bug. Both versions have never been patched, which makes this decision strange. Square Enix should patch these versions too to reduce the differences between versions.

All ports of Final Fantasy IX also containes the same bug.

Another bug that was patched is the black screen before and after a FMV cutscene.

Final Fantasy VII can be played on PlayStation, PC, iOS devices, Android devices, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy VII

A remake of Final Fantasy VII is currently in development. In the meantime Square Enix has ported the original game to several systems. Now the game is available for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Check out the press release from Square Enix and the launch trailer below.

In FINAL FANTASY VII, the world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet's life force as Mako energy. Players will follow the story of the powerful ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary, Cloud, in an attempt to save the world from destruction, alongside the anti-Shinra resistance group Avalanche. Using innovative character customization options to create fun and interesting combinations of their favorite party members, players can fight to save the planet and discover the truth about Cloud’s mysterious past.
FINAL FANTASY VII on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One includes the following enhancements:

  • 3x speed mode
  • An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • A Max Stats command that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye.


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