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Just under a month ago, we had the Final Fantasy 7 25th anniversary live stream. We’ve got the first part of the remake which received a free upgrade for PlayStation 5 with the release of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. That release was confirmed to be now available on PC via Steam as it previously was only available from the Epic Store. The other major announcement was the trailer to announce Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is the second installment of the remake saga which is now confirmed to be a trilogy. The third title is rumored to start with R such as Remake and Rebirth according to director Tetsuya Nomura

From the beginning, there was no plan to use such a title format. I had decided from the beginning to give it a name that would change the ‘Remake’ part. […] I would like to unify the hashtags and abbreviations of the works [in] the remake project to FFVIIR, so I think that the third game will also have ‘R.

This, like Rebirth, is not likely to ever appear on PlayStation 4 and it seems we have some clarification as to why a trilogy that started on PlayStation 4 won’t continue on that platform.

Why Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Won’t Appear On PlayStation 4

It was an interesting piece of news at the time. After all the remake launched on PlayStation 4. According to Gematsu who put together some quotes on the second installment, we see why

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 quote came from Yoshinori Kitase the game’s producer who was speaking to Gamer. So it looks like we could have a vast world to explore

As for improvement, or should I say “change,” moving forward β€” because the next installment will involve Cloud and company to leave Midgar and explore the world map, our next challenge will be to create gameplay that leverages the vastness of the world, unlike what we did in this current title.

We heard this last year when IGN spoke to Naoki Hamaguchi who is the game’s co-director. So this explains why they had to leave behind the system where they originally launched the first part of the remake. It’s unfortunate for those fans who’ve been unable to upgrade to a PlayStation 5. However, it’s a move that is not unexpected. This is due to the fact we are well into the second year of this console generation. So what are your thoughts on this news? Are you still on PlayStation 4 waiting to upgrade and unhappy you can’t continue Cloud’s journey? As always we’d love to hear from you.

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