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Second chapter of Final Fantasy Remake VII called Rebirth, expected on PS5 late 2023

Square Enix has shared a flurry of news regarding Final Fantasy to mark the 25th anniversary of VII.

Along with confirming a Crisis Core remake, as well as Remake Intergrade heading to Steam later this month, we now have a name for the second part of the 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake – Rebirth.

To mark the announcement, the developer/publisher debuted a trailer on YouTube (pasted below), as well as noting that the game is currently slated for release in Winter 2023.

Going off of the Northern hemisphere calendar, that means we should see Rebirth launch near the end of 2023 provided no delays are announced, with the PlayStation 5 highlighted as one of the platforms it will be available on.

As for what the newly announced title will focus on, that remains up in the air, with the trailer featuring protagonist Cloud and antagonist Sephiroth walking together in what looks to be in-game footage.

Making things a little murkier as to what is happening, is the second of the trailer which has Cloud being carried by Zack, the main protagonist in Crisis Core, with both having sustained injuries.

As such, Rebirth could mark a distinct change in the Final Fantasy lore, which is fairly twisting and difficult to keep track of in its own right. Added to this is some of the comments that the team behind this project made during a stream for the 25th anniversary celebration.

“Making the middle part of a trilogy has its own challenges, but there are plenty of classic second installments in the world of film that are defined by stunning story twists and deeper explorations of their characters,” noted producer, Yoshinori Kitase, regarding this upcoming release.

“The Final Fantasy 7 remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is much more than just one installment in the series,” added director, Naoki Hamaguch.

As such there will be plenty to pick apart and speculate over in the time between now and Winter 2023.

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