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Square Enix announces Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth release date

The timeline’s getting funny again, too

Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth release date in a new trailer during Sony’s September PlayStation State of Play. We knew previously that the PS5 game and its two discs would launch sometime early in 2024, and it turns out “early” means “Feb. 29, 2024.”

The new Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer covers a lot. There’s the flight from Midgar, which is still in post-tornado ruins, apparently. Cloud and co. visit the Gold Saucer, complete with saucy, suggestive dance numbers that might just make the Honeybee Inn dancers blush. Tifa dives into the Life Stream. Sephiroth and his amazing hair discover his origins, Zack shows up, Yuffie doesn’t mug anyone, and Red XIII finally joins the fight. We might consider Final Fantasy 7 Remake as one of the best RPGs, but it would've been even better if our favorite mutant cat could actually fight.

An animated cat with sharp fangs and tuxedo fur is grinning mischievously, illuminated by candlelight

The Gold Saucer's suite of mini-games, including brawls and Chocobo racing, are back and fully redesigned, and you can explore the open world pretty much as you see fit. As long as that doesn't include visiting Wutai, which Square Enix said is off-limits until the final game in the trilogy.

Director Naoki Hamaguchi said in a post on Twitter that Rebirth is about 100 hours long, including optional boss fights and mini-games, and producer Tetsuya Nomura said on the PlayStation Blog that the game stops at the Forgotten Capital. In the original Final Fantasy 7, that’s where one very big moment happens, though how it plays out remains to be seen.

While Square Enix previously said there’s less narrative deviation in Rebirth than there was in Remake, the new trailer suggests otherwise. For one thing, Sephiroth’s classic line about Reunion is tweaked so he calls it “The Reunion of worlds,” which definitely wasn’t a thing in the original.

Pre-orders for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth are open now, including the standard, deluxe, and collector’s editions, the latter of which comes with a figure of Sephiroth.