With development on the third Final Fantasy 7 Remake project underway, we should see the trilogy completed by the end of the decade.
Fans have not only been treated to a first glimpse at the second instalment in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake project (now subtitled Rebirth), but also confirmation that the whole thing will be comprised of three games.
Development on Rebirth appears to be progressing smoothly. The wait between it and Remake will only be three years compared to the five-year wait for Remake following its initial announcement.
From the sound of things, Square Enix may not want to keep fans waiting that much longer for the third game, as development on it has already started.
In a social media message, creative director Tetsuya Nomura spoke positively on Rebirth’s rapid development and admitted to having started some work on the follow-up.
‘The development of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure,’ he wrote. ‘A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production is truly rare.
‘In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I myself have started on the development and am working towards the completion of the series.’
Assuming the gap between Rebirth and its sequel is also three years, we can likely expect the third game to be out by either 2026 or 2027. That’s not a guarantee, and there could be delays and such, but we could feasibly see the trilogy completed before the end of the decade, if things progress well.
That said, both Rebirth and its sequel are expected to be much bigger than Remake was. While Remake was limited to the city of Midgar, Rebirth alone will see Cloud and friends explore more of the world outside its walls.
The town of Nibelheim is already confirmed to be featured, according to the trailer (at least we assume that’s Nibelheim), and other potential locales include the Gold Saucer, Cosmo Canyon, and Rocket Town.
Nomura’s message was also shared alongside messages from Rebirth director Naoki Hamaguchi and producer Yoshinori Kitase.
While no additional info for Rebirth has been given, beyond the announcement trailer, Square Enix will be releasing weekly interviews with staff to discuss the development of Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
The first is already live on the official website and, aside from behind the scenes info, also provides some worldbuilding for Final Fantasy 7, such as whether or not Barret could wield Cloud’s Buster Sword.
Nomura alone certainly has his hands full. Aside from being heavily involved with the other Final Fantasy 7 projects, like mobile game Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis, he’s also the director on both of the new Kingdom Hearts games in development.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth releases for PlayStation 5 in winter 2023.
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