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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Revealed in Summer Game Fest Trailer Alongside Release Window

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Following a series of cryptic teases, Square Enix officially revealed the first trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth at Summer Game Fest, setting a release window for "early 2024" and revealing the physical edition would be split across two discs.

Picking up from Final Fantasy VII Remake and last year’s Crisis Core remake, the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth trailer shown at Summer Game Fest finally showed the party outside the walls of Midgar, riding chocobos and discussing where Cloud has been for the last five years. It also confirmed that Red XIII will be a playable character this time around, with Yuffie also making a brief appearance..

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been hotly-anticipated by fans ever since Final Fantasy VII Remake’s surprise ending. It was first revealed during last year’s Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration Stream, with a release date originally set for 2023. Square Enix had previously said it was on track for this year, but this trailer now confirms it will arrive early next year.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth continues the story started by Final Fantasy VII Remake, which was largely contained with Midgar. The follow-up steps beyond Shinra’s capital and into the wider world. It’s the second in a planned trilogy, with the third game’s development already underway.

Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Summer Game Fest 2023 Trailer

Square Enix has been dropping various tidbits about the anticipated sequel throughout the week, confirming among other things that its world will offer a "high degree of freedom" and that it will see new characters joining the game. It all led up to the big reveal at Summer Game Fest, which happened today.

This is shaping up to be a big year for Final Fantasy overall, with Final Fantasy XVI set to release on June 22 and a closed beta for Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis beginning today. As for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, we’re still waiting on a firm release date, but we should hear more soon. For everything else revealed as Summer Game Fest, check out our full recap right here.


Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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