Final Fantasy VII Rebirth was announced last month as a follow-up to Final Fantasy VII Remake, forming part of a trilogy. During the game’s reveal trailer, it was shown to be a PS5 exclusive with no mention of PS4 in sight. Publisher Square Enix has now explained exactly why it made the decision to focus solely on PS5.
Speaking to Japanese publication Gamer recently, Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase talked about the developer’s decision to make the anticipated sequel PS5-only. Final Fantasy VII Remake originally launched in 2020 exclusively for PS4 before finding its way to PS5 via an upgraded version in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. PS4 owners will unfortunately miss out on the sequel as Square Enix shifts priorities.
When asked about Rebirth appearing on PS5 only, Kitase responded:
“It’s exclusive to PlayStation 5 because of the graphical quality, of course, as well as SSD access speed. Since the adventure unfolds in a vast world after the escape from Midgar, loading stress is an extreme bottleneck. We felt we needed the specifications of PlayStation 5 to overcome that and travel the world comfortably.”
This makes sense as the story and world of Final Fantasy VII expands as soon as the heroes leave Midgar, featuring a massive overworld with plenty of locations and environments. It’s unknown if Square Enix will make this section completely open-world like Final Fantasy XV or continue using segmented zones like Remake, though we imagine the added hardware power of the PS5 will certainly help in achieving a grander vision.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is set to release in late 2023 exclusively for PS5.