Previews for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth began dropping yesterday from various media outlets alongside new information about the highly anticipated follow-up to 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake. While fans can expect to take control of Cloud Strife for most of the game again, Square Enix also confirmed that Zack Fair will have his own dedicated episode in this game. Additionally, the company also revealed that everyone’s favourite pseudo-vampire Vincent Valentine won’t be playable.
New details about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth emerged from recent IGN interviews with Square Enix, confirming that Zack Fair, who made a surprise appearance at the end of Remake, will have an episode dedicated to him in the sequel.
Speaking about Zack’s greater involvement in Rebirth, producer Yoshinori Kitase stated:
“Furthermore, as you know, within the original Final Fantasy 7, the character Zack Fair is one that doesn’t appear as much in the original title. However, we see at the end of Remake that he has appeared, which, you know, is quite a difference from the original title. And as for Rebirth, there will be a new episode with Zack, that will contain even more of him than the Remake. I’m not able to say much more than this as I would like for players to play and experience this with it in their own hands.”
Zack wasn’t a prominent character in the original Final Fantasy VII but the Remake might’ve alluded to him having a bigger role to play in the events of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, mainly thanks to the weird alternate timelines brought about by the mysterious Whispers of Fate. Hopefully, we’ll get more answers about Zack’s fate and what his survival means for this game and the rest of the plot.
Square Enix also revealed that Vincent Valentine will be more of an “accompanying character” like Red XIII was in Remake, meaning players won’t be able to directly control him in the game. “In terms of whether or not Vincent will be a playable character, he will be more of an accompanying character to the party in terms of Rebirth,” said director Naoki Hamaguchi. “So this will be similar to how Red XIII was in Remake.”
Perhaps Square Enix is saving a playable Vincent for the third game, so we’ll just have to wait and see how large a role he plays as an accompanying character in Rebirth.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on 29 February 2024 for PS5. Check out our South African pre-order guide and the various editions as well as how many hours of content will be in the game and how soon PC players can expect to play the sequel.