Square Enix says that the main quest for its upcoming RPG, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, will take around 40-50 hours to finish. This follows news that the sequel will feature substantially more content and play time than its predecessor, offering players nearly 100 hours of content including a dedicated episode to Zack Fair. It looks like Rebirth will tell a lengthy story as it covers a large chunk of the original game’s narrative.
During an interview with BBC, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth director Naoki Hamaguchi reiterated that it will take players 100 hours to see everything that the game has to offer, though those gunning the main quest can expect 40-50 hours of completion time. Hamaguchi added that there is a lot more side content than story content in the game and encourages players to wander off the beaten path and explore its massive world.
Hamaguchi’s statement on the length of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth‘s story reads:
“I’d say just doing the main story alone, you’re looking at 40 to 50 hours to complete without doing anything else. Then on top of that we’ve got so much side content and exploration content in the world. There’s actually more side content than there is main story content. So if you’re going to really go into everything, dig deep, explore the world and find everything you’re easily looking at over 100 hours if you want to do everything.”
Square Enix previously revealed that Rebirth‘s story will conclude in The Forgotten Capital, a major turning point in the original game’s story that essentially kicks the third act into motion. Once players leave Midgar in the original game, they’re let loose in the overworld which takes them to several locations, hubs and towns in the world. Judging by the trailers, it seems most of those locations will be featured in Rebirth as well.
In other news, Hamaguchi stated in the same interview with BBC that it won’t be a traditional “open world” from the start but feature massive, explorable zones that become larger as the player progresses. This has become common with many Final Fantasy games and it’s rare that we get a true open world entry in the series.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on 29 February 2024 for PS5. Make sure you check out our South African pre-order guide and its various editions.