Square Enix is rewarding Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth players with existing saves

Square Enix’s way of handling older save files may ultimately pay off and help with its bottomline.

You’re in for a few surprises, both positive and negative, if you’ve spent hours learning every nuance of Final Fantasy VII Remake in order to play its successor, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

First of all, don’t count on your laboriously acquired character builds or save files to be preserved.

The game director, Naoki Hamaguchi, made it clear in a PlayStation Blog interview that while the story of Rebirth closely follows that of the remake, players won’t be able to transfer their save files or character builds to the follow-up. Square Enix decided to make sure that all three entries in the Final Fantasy VII remake project could stand alone, which is why they are doing this. Since each game is independent, levels and abilities don’t carry over from one to the next, giving each game its own special balance.

Leviathan is one of the longest-running summons in the Final Fantasy franchise.

But for those that put in the work, it’s not like this. A specific reference to supporters of the previous game was made by Hamaguchi. Enthusiastic fans of Final Fantasy should take notice of the in-game goodies that Square Enix is providing.

Owners of PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 save data from the Remake will receive Leviathan as a prize. In the meantime, the summon material, Ramuh, is waiting for you if you traveled into the DLC extension of the Remake, Episode Intermission.

Beyond these exclusive benefits, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth promises an abundance of new material. New content will be added in the sequel, building on the experiences players had in the first game. Character dynamics are also shifting. Along with his comeback, Red XIII will also be playable and equipped with a brand-new “revenge gauge” mechanism. Conversely, Vincent Valentine remains shrouded in mystery. The mysterious character is hinted to in the most recent teaser trailer, but creative director Tetsuya Nomura kept fans guessing by only implying that some characters will join the party officially in later games.

Zack Fair’s fate complicates things in a different timeline where we can only presume that Aerith is no longer alive.

If you enjoy playing minigames, Rebirth is a great game. There will soon be a wide variety of minigames available, and many people anticipate that the Gold Saucer will offer hours of thrilling gameplay. Fans may expect a heartbreaking storyline that is reminiscent of the famous scene from the first Final Fantasy VII, where Aerith faces her death at the hands of Sephiroth.

Although Nomura promises a trip up to The Forgotten Capital, it’s still unclear how Rebirth’s chapter will come to pass.

Remember that Zack Fair, who was noticeably missing for the most of the story in the original Final Fantasy 7 save for the Crisis Core spin-off, will need to be added in some way for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

Ramuh, another long-standing Final Fantasy summon, will be sorely missed if it’s going to be exclusively to those who already played through Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

As Final Fantasy VII Rebirth gets ready to premiere on the PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024, the stakes are quite high. Fans are guessing about the final chapter of the trilogy with the release of the new video.

But in the midst of all of this information and exciting teases, one concern is circulating among the Final Fantasy community: Is using PS5 saves for Remake & Intermission the only way to unlock Ramuh and Leviathan? Even though it’s surprising, such a move could be clever. Remember how the Final Fantasy 7 Remake only allowed people who preordered or bought the deluxe editions to access certain summons like Carbuncle, Cactaur, and Chocobo Chick? Replicating a comparable model with well-known summons like Leviathan and Ramuh could be just the push gamers need to pick up the Remake or give it another go.

If nothing else, this might increase sales of the FF7 Remake + Rebirth combo or the original trilogy game, which as of this week has sold 7 million copies.

Can you imagine if Cloud’s party will have to fight two Sephiroths from different timelines?

This may almost be Square Enix’s way of thanking ardent franchise fans. Ultimately, the Final Fantasy series, akin to FromSoftware’s Soulsborne games, is a revered intellectual property that is sure to appeal to its devoted following.

Whether Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will be available on the PC or Xbox is still up in the air.

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