As part of the Square Enix Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration live stream, fans finally got the news they have been eagerly waiting for. The next instalment following 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake will be arriving in 2023 as a PS5 exclusive, and it will be titled Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Square Enix also stated that this will be the second game of a now-confirmed trilogy.
The end of Remake was a major cliffhanger, and once more with the new trailer, fans of the original will likely have even more questions than answers when it comes to the events in the second entry.
“Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not,” creative director Tetsuya Nomura said in a message shared on Twitter. “In fact, new players might even enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Cloud and his friends embark on a new journey in this game, and I believe that the scenes that they witness after leaving Midgar will give players a fresh, new experience.”
Thankfully, the wait is not going to be that long, and development on the third game of the trilogy has already begun according to Nomura.
And if the announcement of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is not enough, the live stream also revealed Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, which will be coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch later this year. It will see the return of Zack Fair from the 2008 PSP adventure, in what continues to be a retelling of the story many hold dear to their hearts.
For the future of the franchise, there is also the small matter of Final Fantasy XVI on the horizon, which looks set to deliver action and drama on a whole new scale. It is set for a Summer release next year, so 2023 will be a jam-packed year of Square Enix RPGs.