Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Story, gameplay, characters & more

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After the FF7 Remake wowed fans back in 2020, players are eager to get their hands on Part 2 of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Here’s everything we know about Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

FF7 Rebirth will be the second part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake series. The 1997 original was broken up into three discs, so it’s no surprise that Final Fantasy 7 Remake is being released as a multi-part epic as well.

Most fans have now thoroughly digested part one, so attention is turning to the follow-up. Here’s everything we know so far about Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, from the sections of the original it will adapt, to how the game will play.

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Is there a Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth release date?

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The first Final Fantasy 7 Remake was a huge hit for Square Enix.

While there is no concrete release date for FF7 Rebirth at the time of writing. Square-Enix has confirmed that the game will be coming “Winter 2023.”

While this is still some time away, the company also revealed that part 3 is also in active development and will be final chapter in the FF7 Remake saga.

PSP prequel, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, is also getting remade for modern platforms and will release in Winter 2022.

This means fans are likely to get a slice of FF7 action every Winter for the next couple of years. However, there’s no guarantee that part 3 will release in 2024.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth platforms

Final Fantasy Rebirth will be released on PS5 and PC. Square Enix decided to skip the PlayStation 4, explaining the decision as being to do with the PS5’s SSD speed.

There’s been no word on Xbox consoles at the time of writing.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth story

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Part 2 will see Cloud continue his battle with Sephiroth.

While FF7 Remake is certainly forging its own path when it comes to telling the beloved story, we can make a few educated guesses as to where Part 2 will go. The first game focused entirely on the Midgar section from 1997, expanding a sequence that lasted a few hours into a fully-fledged RPG.

From this point, Final Fantasy 7 really opens up, and Cloud and co. travel around the world in their quest to stop Shinra and Sephiroth. The first port of call in Rebirth will likely be Kalm, as hinted at in the post-credits scene of FF7 Remake Intergrade.

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The next section revolves around Sepiroth’s plot to summon Meteor and destroy life on the planet, becoming an all-powerful god in the process. This sees the party travel around in pursuit of the Black Materia, culminating at the Forgotten City.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Trailer

You can check out the first trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth below:

The trailer seems to imply some story changes when compared to the original, so don’t be surprised to see things play out differently than you remember.

One of the final scenes in FF7 Remake showed an alternate version of Zack Fair overcoming his previously fatal ambush from Shinra – which could radically change the story.

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With Zack being front and center of the Crisis Core Remake, this game’s story could also play out differently. Let’s not forget that the Whispers in the FF7 Remake seem to suggest that the game’s events are taking place in a parallel universe to the original. Or that the characters are trapped in some kind of time loop.

The trailer also heavily implies that Cloud and Aerith both become aware of the latter’s impending doom. Could the fan-favorite flower seller survive her fateful encounter in Final Fantasy Rebirth?

The trailer does open by telling us “The future even if it has been written, can be changed.”

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth gameplay

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Part One shifted FF7’s combat into real-time.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake took the series’ signature turn-based combat and adapted it into a real-time action RPG like Final Fantasy 15, and we expect FF Rebirth to follow the same formula. However, from what we know about what follows Midgar, Part 2 will be a vastly different game.

Once Avalanche leaves the metropolis behind, the game becomes more of an open-world adventure, allowing players to freely travel from location to location. It’s likely this is the direction the next part is heading in, incorporating other fan-favorite mechanics.

Rideable Chocobos are almost definitely going to feature in some capacity and will be a method of quickly navigating the map. The Tiny Bronco could also show up, as a means of crossing over water.

Of course, this is all just speculation based on what we know from a 25-year-old game, there is every chance that Square Enix could rip up the rule book and surprise fans with some brand-new features.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth characters

Cloud and Aerith in Final Fantasy 7 RemakeSquare Enix
Some favorites from the original Final Fantasy 7 are set to make their return.

The four playable members of Avalanche, Cloud, Barret, Tifa, and Aerith, are all guaranteed to feature once again. Each will no doubt retain their signature abilities from the first game, and maybe even unlock some new talents.

There are also a handful of characters who we couldn’t control in the first outing that we expect to join the party this time around, such as Red XIII. Expect him to be fully implemented with his own set of skills in the sequel.

Cait Sith, Vincent Valentine, and Cid Highwind should also show up during Part 2’s runtime, as well as Yuffie Kisaragi who played a role in two chapters from Intergrade.

FF7 Remake didn’t allow players to pick and choose their party as they could in the original. Instead, they swapped out organically based on what was happening in the story.

With FF7 Rebirth likely to feature less linear sections, there could be an opportunity to swap out the lineup in certain areas.

There you have it! That was everything we know about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 so far. For more upcoming releases, check out our coverage of some of the biggest games coming soon:

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