Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second part of a planned trilogy of Final Fantasy VII remakes that encompass the full game. Square Enix has been mostly quiet about the next installment after initially revealing it last year, though we do know that it has a release window of winter 2023. The game’s social media accounts sprung to life recently with new information and details slowly being drip-fed every day, seemingly leading to Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest this week.
The first information for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth appeared on Friday, 2 June that simply answered the question about how the game is progressing in development. Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase responded by stating that development is going smoothly and that the developer is currently working on nailing down a release date, which is still slated to launch either later this year or early next year.
The second piece of information arrived on Saturday, 3 June and spoke a bit about the game’s world design and how players will journey through the world outside of Midgar. The account responded:
“Players will be able to journey across the wide and multifaceted world with a high degree of freedom, experiencing a myriad of different stories along the way.”
Breaking down that last comment, it’s believed that Final Fantasy VII Rebirth might contain a larger semi-open world structure to cover the sprawling areas and landscapes outside of Midgar. The first game was mostly linear as it led players through winding corridors in the underbelly of Midgar, usually leading to small explorable sections. If Square Enix wants to faithfully capture the scale of the world beyond the industrial city, it has to think much bigger in terms of scope.
Fans believe that the final development update, being number 7, will arrive on 8 June which coincides with the kick-off event of Summer Game Fest. That’s not to say that we’ll actually see the game at Keighley’s event or if these updates will actually stop after seven days. It’s also possible that Square Enix’s focus right now is on marketing Final Fantasy XVI first before we receive another look at Rebirth, so we’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is currently in development.
Source: Final Fantasy VII Twitter