Square Enix continued its celebration of FINAL FANTASY VII today with a FINAL FANTASY VII 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION stream, featuring the first look at FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH for PlayStation 5 console, the sequel to 2020’s critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, the announcement of CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION, an HD remaster of the beloved prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII, a Steam Deck compatible version of FINAL FANTASY VII INTERGRADE for PC and much more.
Additionally, trailers for the mobile games FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS and FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER and exclusive FINAL FANTASY VII anniversary merchandise were also shown in the program.
FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is the second story in the FINAL FANTASY VII remake series which tells the story of the iconic fantasy game that redefined the RPG genre, in three distinct games. At launch, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE was celebrated by players and critics alike, selling over five million copies worldwide. FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is slated to launch next Winter for PS5.
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!”
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.”
The broadcast also marked the announcement of CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION, a remaster of PlayStation Portable exclusive, CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-. The 2007 cult classic action RPG and prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII. CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-REUNION is a true remaster that follows the original story of SOLDIER 1st Class Zack Fair on his mission to find missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos, unraveling the stories of Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa and more. CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION will launch this Winter on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, PC & Nintendo Switch.
For players who have yet to experience the 2020 Game Awards’ Best RPG, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE will launch tomorrow, June 17, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on STEAM with full Steam Deck compatibility. The enhanced and expanded version of the game includes an additional episode starring Yuffie, enhanced visuals capture mode, Classic Mode difficulty and more. To celebrate the launch, players can purchase the game at a 29% off discount via STEAM from June 17 to June 23 at 10 am Pacific.
Fans also received a new trailer for the upcoming mobile RPG, FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS, which is scheduled for a Closed Beta Test later this year. Additionally, the popular mobile game FINAL FANTASY VII FIRST SOLDIER’s Season 3 trailer showcased exciting new content updates that are available now, including a map of the Midgar Plateside, a Serpent Launcher weapon, water materia, and the new Machinist style.
Finally, new FINAL FANTASY VII 25th Anniversary merchandise and a soundtrack will be arriving at the Square Enix Store.