After taking part in Last Fantasy VII Rebirth for the primary time (try my <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2023/09/20/an-expanded-reunion">full impressions right here</a>), I then spoke with director Naoki Hamaguchi, producer Yoshinori Kitase, and artistic director Tetsuya Nomura to hunt solutions to some burning questions. That features how a lot narrative floor Rebirth covers, the choice behind splitting it between two discs, and if there’s any type of information switch between Remake and Rebirth.
How Did Rebirth’s Growth Examine To Remake’s?
Rebirth launches on February 29, a few months shy of Remake’s fourth anniversary. Based on Hamaguchi, Remake’s improvement cycle was round 4 years, making the turnaround for Rebirth, a a lot bigger sport, appear comparatively fast. It’s particularly spectacular since Sq. developed and launched the PlayStation 5-exclusive Intermission story growth and Intergrade improve in between.
Hamaguchi credit engaged on Intermission/Intergrade for the smoother dev cycle, because it allowed the designers to develop into extra intimately acquainted with the PS5 (which Rebirth is unique to) and end Rebirth inside an identical timeframe regardless of its bigger scope.
“However on the similar time, we had been in a position to preserve the event time [down] and be capable to launch in kind of this regular or commonplace time whereas having this immense quantity of content material,” Hamaguchi says by way of a translator. “In order that’s one thing that we’re very assured about and really happy with.”
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How A lot Of The Story Does Rebirth Cowl?
Once I requested what Rebirth’s stopping level will likely be, Tetsuya Nomura confirmed the story runs as much as the top of the Forgotten Capital (a.ok.a. The Metropolis of the Ancients). Nevertheless, as anybody who completed Remake ought to know, Nomura stresses that Rebirth is not going to observe occasions in the identical order or method as the unique sport.
Can You Switch Information From FFVII Remake?
Sq. Enix additionally confirms there will likely be no shared development between any model of Remake and Rebirth. Which means you received’t be bringing over the gear and materia earned within the first sport.
“Whereas there’s kind of this story that they’re following all through these completely different titles, [Rebirth] is kind of alleged to be a standalone by itself,” Hamaguchi explains. “So there’s no explicit kind of development parameters or talents that you can be carrying over from the earlier title.”
Nevertheless, Hamaguchi does reveal that gamers with Remake/Intergrade saved information will obtain an unknown summon materia at the beginning of Rebirth.
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Why Two Discs?
Rebirth is so huge that Sq. is splitting it between two discs. Hamaguchi states that the sport is 150GB, with 100 on one disc and 50 on the opposite. Nevertheless, you received’t be swapping discs like followers did with the unique. Because of the PS5 structure, gamers will first set up all the sport by inserting each discs. After that, solely considered one of them will likely be wanted to play the complete sport.
Hamaguchi explains the choice to separate Rebirth on this means had much less to do with rekindling nostalgia and extra as a technique to protect the group’s lofty imaginative and prescient for it. Sq. had all the time envisioned Rebirth as an enormous, extremely detailed world extra immersive than Remake’s revamped Midgar. Thus, squeezing it on a single Blu-ray would have pressured the designers to cut back on content material and concepts, so doubling up on discs turned the plain answer.
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What Minigames Have Been Expanded?
Last Fantasy VII’s lighthearted mini-games make up a lot of the sport’s appeal. It was good to see a few of them return within the latest State of Play trailer, however I requested Sq. if there was any particular mini-game the group was most excited to revisit. Hamaguchi calls out Rufus Shinra’s inauguration parade.
Within the authentic, Cloud disguises himself as a Shinra soldier to infiltrate the festivities and lead the march by way of timed button presses. In Rebirth, gamers will acquire troopers and determine organize them, leading to a extra hands-on strategy that may lead to completely different variations of how the parade proceeds.
“So this time round, we’ve actually modified a few of the elements of the unique mini-game, sort of taking its components but in addition actually elevating that to match the requirements of at the moment and for this deeper, extra enjoyable, attention-grabbing expertise,” Hamaguchi says. “And that’s one thing that we want the customers to expertise as properly.”
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What’s Up With Vincent?
Vincent Valentine’s transient look was an thrilling spotlight of the Rebirth story trailer at September’s PlayStation State of Play. We received’t reveal the character’s nature for newcomers, however he, like Yuffie, was an elective get together member within the authentic sport, so I requested Sq. if that will be the case once more. Nomura confirms Vincent joins the group as a part of Rebirth’s primary story this time, however, sadly, he received’t be playable.
As an alternative, the brooding warrior merely accompanies the get together like Purple XIII did in Remake. Nomura explains that is the case as a result of, within the authentic, Vincent joins the get together in the course of the backend of the story. Primarily based on that reply, it seems like we received’t be wielding Vincent’s energy ourselves till the yet-to-be-titled third entry arrives.
Last Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on February 29 for PlayStation 5
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