Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Release date, demo, preload, story, more

Nathan Warby
Cloud, Zack, and Sephiroth in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is the next chapter of the PS1 original Remake project, and it continues the adventures of Cloud looking to save the world from Sephiroth. Here’s all you need to know about FF7 Rebirth ahead of launch, including demo & preload details, the story so far, and more.

Square Enix took a big step in 2020 with the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, the first chapter of the sought-after re-telling of the original PS1 story. Now, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is almost here, and fans all over the world want to know everything about it.

Many were understandably skeptical when the original FF7 Remake was announced, as it aimed to bring one of the most beloved stories in gaming to the 21st century. However, against all odds, most agreed that the devs pulled it off and players have been eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Here’s everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth release date & time

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will be released on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:01 AM local time. Players who snatched the Digital or Digital Deluxe versions of the game can start playing right away if they preload the game early.

Cloud, Aerith and Jessie in FF7 Rebirth
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth continues the new timeline established in Remake.

The game was first revealed back in 2022 during the Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary Celebration live stream, alongside Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth platforms

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will be available exclusively on PlayStation 5 at launch. That being said, although no details have been announced yet, a PC upgrade similar to the one for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is expected to be released at a later date.

There has been no word yet on whether an Xbox version is in the works, but given the original was PlayStation-only, it seems likely that the sequel will follow suit.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth preload times

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth can be preloaded starting Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at midnight in your region. This translates to almost 48 hours before its launch to download all data needed to start playing right away.

If you want to know more about how to preload or how big the download size will be, be sure to check out our complete guide on FF7 Rebirth’s preload before the 29.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth story

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is the second of a planned trilogy of games, which covers all of the ground up to the end of the 1997 original’s first disc. Following the events of Midgar, Cloud and his party go after Sephiroth, starting in Kalm.

Just like Remake, Rebirth won’t be an exact retelling of the events players can remember. Certain areas and characters have been fleshed out further to provide more backstory, while the revelation that Zack Fair is still alive in this timeline hints that this story could play out very differently.

That being said, the demo confirmed that iconic moments such as the Nibelheim flashback are in the game, and the game’s Creative Director, Tetsuya Nomura, revealed in an interview with Game Informer that it will still culminate in the Forgotten Capital.

Final Fantasy 7characters looking over world
Rebirth retells the story from the end of the 1997 original’s first disc.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth gameplay

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will feature similar gameplay to Remake, with players controlling Cloud in real-time battles while making use of other party member’s abilities. The main addition this time around is the Synergize system from Remake’s DLC, allowing two characters to sync up their attacks for new combat options.

The sequel is also much more open than its predecessor, giving players several large open areas to explore on foot, in vehicles, or by riding Chocobos. This is a slight change from the 1997 game, which goes full open-world after the events of Midgar, but each area is expected to be packed with more detail than ever before.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo

A demo for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is available for download, and it features the Nibelheim Flashback and the “Dawn of the New Era” demo, which is a part of Junon’s playable chapter in the full game.

All players who complete the Nibelheim Flashback in the demo can skip this part in the final game, as well as receive some extra bonuses for their upcoming adventures.

Sephiroth and Cloud fighting in FF7 Rebirth.
The Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo features the Nibelheim flashback scenes.

FF7 Rebirth: Can you transfer saved data from Remake?

No, you can’t transfer saved data from FF7 Ramek into Rebirth, as the game puts players back to square one when it comes to weapons, levels, and materia.

This doesn’t mean there are no bonuses for completing Final Fantasy 7 Remake, its DLC INTERmission, or the FF7 Rebirth demo. You can find all you need to know in our complete guide here.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailers

There are five official trailers for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, each revealing a little more information about the game. The first was the reveal trailer, followed by the Summer Games Fest, release date, theme song, and the final trailer before its official release on February 29, 2024.

Check them all out below:

Final Fantasy 7 First Look Trailer

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Summer Game Fest 2023

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Release Date Announce Trailer

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Theme Song Announcement Trailer

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Final trailer

That was everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth before its launch. For more on Square Enix’s latest, be sure to check out:

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].