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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Announced, Winter 2023 Release

Zack Fair carrying an injured Cloud Strife
Zack Fair carrying an injured Cloud Strife / Image courtesy of Square Enix

The long-awaited follow-up to Final Fantasy VII Remake has finally been announced, with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth heading for a Winter 2023 release.

During yesterday's Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary livestream, Square Enix revealed details around the future of the series — including the announcement for part two of the Remake, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. The livestream gave fans the first look at the upcoming game which is currently scheduled to release in Winter 2023, three years after the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

The livestream confirmed that the Final Fantasy VII remake project is intended to be a three-part series, with Rebirth set to be the second installment. Fans can check out the brand new trailer below.

The trailer depicts Cloud travelling alongside Sephiroth, and later injured being carried by Zack Fair. Interjected into the trailer are captions such as "What is Sephiroth's endgame?" and "What is fact and what is fiction?"

The captions, along with a small narration by Cloud and (presumably) Aerith, hint that the entire trilogy is intended to be more of an alternative retelling of the original 1997 release. Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura further cemented this, saying "Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not."

"In fact, new players might even enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth."

According to Nomura, there are currently four Final Fantasy VII projects in development in parallel with each other — all of which were revealed during the recent livestream. Despite being stand-alone games, Nomura has confirmed that they all serve as connections to the Final Fantasy VII world.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth does not have a definitive release date, currently scheduled to launch in Winter 2023.