Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Won’t Require You To Play The First Game

The devs have apparently made "preparations" to bypass this problem.

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  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will not require you to play the first game to understand the story and enjoy it.
  • Co-developer Motomu Toriyama has revealed a new developer update that there are preparations in place to help new players.

As it turns out, you actually don’t need to play the Final Fantasy VII Remake to enjoy the forthcoming Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. A new developer comment by the game’s co-director Motomu Toriyama has revealed that the devs have made “preparations” to make sure that players who didn’t get a chance to play the 2020 title can enjoy Rebirth. The director didn’t reveal what these preparations are, but fans already have some theories.

The second game in the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy, Rebirth is the sequel to the 2020 remake of the original and continues where it left off. Under the developer’s comment on the game’s Twitter page, fans are already guessing how gamers can play the new title without playing the original. One reply said that they may include a recap while another fan mentioned how a Netflix miniseries might work, but that seems a little far-fetched.

Most probably, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will have a recap like Devil May Cry 5 to familiarize new players with the lore. Even though other ideas like the 2020 game being present on the disk alongside Final Fantasy VII are interesting, the chances of them happening are quite low. The recap method also seems like the best way to go because alluding to the story every 10 minutes would only destroy the flow of the role-playing game.

Final Fantasy VII remake launched on the PlayStation 4 in April 2020 and was a major success for Square Enix. The action RPG sold 3.5 million copies in just three days and has accumulated over 5 million sales as of August 2020. Co-Directed by franchise veteran Tetsuya Nomura, the 2020 tile is supposed to be the first game in a trilogy remaking the original 1997 Final Fantasy game.

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Hence, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will only be the second title in this planned trilogy developed by Division 1. Not much is known about this upcoming RPG but the developers have recently started informing fans about its nature. In a previous developer update, the devs reveal that rebirth will have a high degree of freedom in a multifaceted world.

In addition, the game will also have a myriad of different stories as per co-director Naoki Hamaguchi. Therefore, the second chapter in this remake trilogy is shaping up to be an exciting project for the fans. No release date is yet final for the launch of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth but a late 2023 or early 2024 window is most probable. Only time will tell how the game recounts the 2020 remake’s story when it launches on the PlayStation 5.

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Ahmed Mansoor is a News Writer who has a deep passion for single-player adventure games. He loves to keep tabs on the gaming and technology industries and loves to break stories that interest his audience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and several years of experience writing for games. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Written 600+ News Stories.

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