A brand new Ultimate Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer contains essentially the most jacked horse you’ve got ever seen, Cloud using a Segway, and the PlayStation 5 launch date: February 29, 2024.
We have been assuming that Rebirth, the second a part of Sq. Enix’s FF7 remake trilogy, will come to PC round a 12 months after the two-disc PS5 model releases. That is what occurred with the primary half, which launched on the Epic Video games Retailer in December 2021 as Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, just a few months after the PS5 model and over a year-and-a-half after the PS4 model. However wait, there’s a little bit asterisk on the finish of the brand new Rebirth trailer:
As you possibly can see within the picture above, Sq. Enix sneaked in a observe which says: “Not obtainable on different codecs not less than till 05.29.2024.” That does not imply that the PC model of Rebirth will undoubtedly launch on the finish of Could 2024, nevertheless it feels cheap to take the observe as a touch that we must always count on it round then. That’d be nearer to the hole between FF7 Remake’s PS5 and PC variations, so it makes some sense, nevertheless it’s a lot sooner than the standard year-long exclusivity window. We’ll maintain off on celebrating till an actual PC date is confirmed.
Concerning the remainder of the trailer, remaking a 1997 PlayStation RPG as three video games would appear to danger making three very skinny video games, however Peter Jackson managed to show The Hobbit into three lengthy motion pictures by including a bunch of appendix materials, and Sq. Enix appears to be having no drawback bulking up FF7.
“Whereas the principle storyline is larger and extra formidable than the earlier recreation’s narrative, Ultimate Fantasy 7 Rebirth additionally embraces the idea of ‘free exploration,’ with compelling tales, enjoyable minigames, highly effective monsters, and a lot extra to seek out all through the world map,” stated director Naoki Hamaguchi in a press release posted to X. “We hope you discover this world in nice element, as practically 100 hours of journey awaits.”
One factor is for certain: Sq. Enix has had no drawback bulking up Odin’s horse, which was referred to as “essentially the most jacked horse of all time” in our work Slack:
I performed the PC model of the unique Ultimate Fantasy 7 again within the day—the one which got here in a trapezoid field—and I hit an impassable crash half means by way of, so I by no means completed it. Nonetheless, I do not assume I am unsuitable in saying that Cloud by no means drove a Segway in that recreation, in order that’s one thing else new you possibly can spot within the trailer above. The remainder of the trailer focuses on exhibiting off minigames and story moments that have been within the authentic, together with Chocobo racing and a boxing minigame from FF7’s model of Las Vegas.
One factor I do know is that Aerith dies, which is the one factor everybody is aware of about Ultimate Fantasy 7’s story. The dev statements posted to X additionally allude to that occasion and the way it could or could not change in Rebirth.
“We all know followers are dying to see one scene particularly,” wrote producer Yoshinori Kitase (emphasis mine), who stated that the story will “unfold extra dramatically than ever earlier than” and famous that Rebirth will be performed as a standalone recreation, however that it features a recap of FF7 Remake.
“Whether or not you’ve got skilled the unique title or will embark on this journey with recent eyes, we hope you’ll face the ending of this work by yourself phrases,” wrote artistic director Tetsuya Nomura, suggesting that the sport’s remaining scene might be much-discussed.
It is too unhealthy we do not know when precisely to count on Rebirth on PC, however in any other case, my social feed is filled with good emotions in regards to the trailer. For extra, there is a longer developer interview up on the PlayStation Weblog.
This text was up to date to mirror the most recent PC launch date information after we seen that cheeky observe on the finish of the trailer.