Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Will Let Players Swim Across the Ocean; Each Quest Will Have Its Own “Main Character”

Square Enix has uploaded a fully English-subtitled version of their Tokyo Game Show 2023 broadcast featuring Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. The presenter’s commentary is all fully subtitled, revealing new information many fans may have missed during the stream’s initial premiere.

Chiaki Matsuzawa was the facilitator, while Naoki Hamaguchi was present to deliver detailed deep dives into the footage.

There are some minor bits of information worth pointing out from the broadcast. Firstly, players will be able to swim across the ocean because the game was designed as one connected world. No elaboration was provided regarding whether players will actually be able to go from one end to the map solely via swimming, but the phrasing somewhat implies it.

Secondly, while hunting down special monsters, an AI device given by Chadley, MAI, will grant ecological and biological information that offers some more lore for the respective monster’s presence.

When obtaining quests from the notice boards in town, players will seemingly be able to take as many as they like, meaning there’s no limit on the number of quests one can take at a given time.

Further, each quest will have its own “main character, ” providing additional focus. Then, once completing a quest, Cloud’s relationship with the involved “main character” will improve. Red XIII is used as an example in the broadcast.

Lastly, Hojo has seemingly been confirmed to appear on the beach of Costa de Sol with the girls by his side. Hamaguchi explicitly said “Both him and the girls will be in the game, yes.”

The primary approach with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is for players to strike their own balance of required and optional content, contrasting the mostly linear nature of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

You can view the fully English-subtitled Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Tokyo Game Show 2023 broadcast below:

In case you missed it, check out our full preview of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the sequel to the first entry in this ongoing Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy effort. This new entry is far more ambitious than the first, set to occur until The Forgotten Capital from the original game.

Players can look forward to playable Cait Sith and Red XIII, with Vincent also revealed, though not extensively. Gold Saucer will be a prominently featured location with plenty of minigames.

Speaking of, the Junon infiltration minigame has been significantly enhanced, with Cloud directing soldiers to form specific compositions. Further, Sephiroth will be playable during the Nibelheim flashback. Combat has undergone a shakeup, with new synergy attacks utilizing multiple party members, and Red XIII has a unique revenge gauge mechanic.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will launch for PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024, on two discs.

Pre-ordering the game digitally will grant the Moogle Trio Summoning Materia. Further, carrying over save data from Final Fantasy VII Remake will give the Leviathan Summon Materia, while carrying over save data from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Yuffie episode will grant the Ramuh Summon Materia.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on PlayStation 4, with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, which includes the Yuffie episode, available on PlayStation 5 and PC.

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