Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is set for release early next year but Square Enix has already made a draft for the third game. However, the company is also waiting to see how fans react to Rebirth to adjust the story’s finale according to fan base complaints.
Yoshinori Kitase, the producer of this FF VII trilogy, spoke at TGS 2023 (transcribed by Shinra Archaeology Department) and said that a ‘tentative draft’ for the third installment is done. While some ideas will likely be used in the third entry, Kitase and creative director Tetsuya Nomura are still waiting for fan feedback before making any serious story decisions.
"I guess you could say that between myself, [director] Tetsuya Nomura, and [writer] Mr. Nojima, we have a tentative first draft for the scenario, and it's in a finished state, so things have gotten started,” Kitase confirms. “That said, although we've gotten some work done, there will still be parts we create by combining players' responses and reactions and going over that feedback.”
The hype around Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is at an all-time high since this is the point of the story where things get crazy. Obviously, one character’s fate has been spoiled for decades, but given some of the changes this trilogy has made, anything can happen.
Zack Fair, who died before the first game, is alive and well after Cloud’s party killed continuity ghosts (no really). Capitalizing on this, Zack will have a playable episode in Rebirth, which should make for a fascinating section in the RPG.
Major changes aside, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is keeping a lot of what fans liked from the original PS1 release this time. The Golden Saucer is likely where players will be spending most of their time, thanks to Chocobo races and other fun mini-games. Add the various open zones for players to trek through and it’s no wonder why this adventure will clock in at 100 hours.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be coming to PS5 on February 29, 2024, with a PC version likely to follow.