Meanwhile, Sony showed a lot of games its long-awaited PlayStation 5 showcasebut one that was particularly lacking was Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Fans immediately assumed the worst, fearing that the release of the remake’s sequel could end up taking years longer than planned. A new message from Square Enix’s developers strongly suggests that’s not the case.
“The development is running smoothly and according to plan” Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Producer Yoshinori Kitase wrote in one Tweet posted on June 2nd. “We’re currently working on setting a release date for the game.” The statement was phrased in response to a question about how the project was going, as if to say in so many words, “Don’t worry, relax, It is in order.”
rebirth was just only announced last year during a 25th anniversary presentation of Final Fantasy VII, the popular 1997 PS1 turn-based role-playing game about a spiky haired amnesiac and his Ecco terrorist friends as they fight to save the planet from greedy corporations and an alien demon. Confirming that the remake series would be a trilogy, Square Enix announced even bigger and stranger departures from the original game’s storyline to build on its legacy in new ways.
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The intended release window was winter 2023, which at the time seemed both too far away and very ambitious. In comparison, Final Fantasy VII Remake was first unveiled in 2015 and wasn’t released on PlayStation 4 until 2020. The short turnaround time for Rebirth made sense given that the first game in the planned trilogy had already laid the groundwork, but gamers began to worry when Square Enix remained silent on the project and thus remained silent wasn’t even mentioned at Sony’s first major showcase in two years last month.
One way to understand Kitase’s reassurances is that the game is almost complete and the team is in the process of deciding the exact release date for winter 2023. In other words, development is progressing well, but the exact release date might differ slightly from the originally announced date. Given the big blockbusters are Now there are always delays, that wouldn’t be shocking. Hopefully rebirth but ultimately not one of them.