Ever since Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII would be a three-part series, fans of the acclaimed remake have been pondering over the idea of what a third installment would even look like. And honestly, we’re inclined to follow the same school of thought, as the second installment, Rebirth, has yet to give us any indication as to where the story is even heading. Fact is, though, Cloud’s journey isn’t quite over yet, so we can definitely expect to see the journey power on for at least another three or four years, give or take.
At the time of writing, we can’t say for certain whether or not Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 3 will even release in time for the PlayStation 5’s final days on the market. We’re still a ways off, true, but given the fact that Rebirth is set to arrive in 2024, and that a console’s typical lifecycle spans roughly six or seven years — there s a strong chance that the third chapter could, in theory, arrive in time for the PlayStation 6 debut.
Of course, we’re getting ahead of ourselves with this one. But let’s rewind things just a smidgen, if only to add a bit more depth to the upcoming ARPG. Need to know everything there is to know about the closing chapter in the trilogy? Here’s what we can tell you based off the information provided by Square Enix to date.
What Is Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 3?
Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 3 is the third and final segment in the acclaimed RPG trilogy, and a direct sequel to 2024’s Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. It was announced back in June 2022 that the long-awaited remake would, in fact, be a trilogy, and that it would aim to round out Cloud’s journey in the most exciting way possible.
Since making said announcement, developer Square Enix has confirmed that the third part in the series has, surprisingly, already started to come to life, which leads us to believe that we could, in theory, get a glimpse into its progress at some point in 2024. Sure enough, its release date is still a total mystery, but for what it’s worth, we know that the devs are going above and beyond to finalize the trilogy and have it available for public consumption as soon as possible.
There’s still a lot we don’t actually know about the story behind the third installment. Not that this comes as much of a surprise, though, what with Rebirth still under wraps and a whole ocean of content left to unravel over the course of two more entries. However, for what it’s worth, we know that the initial Midgard section is over, and that Rebirth will be moving over to the next arc — Kalm.
If the first entry in the trilogy is anything to go by, then we can definitely expect to see yet another full-fledged action RPG with a litter of quests and story-driven cinematic elements in the third. Not a great deal will change as far as gameplay details go, so don’t expect Square to completely rewrite the formula at the last minute. Truth is, if you’ve already slugged through the first — then you’ll already have an idea of what to expect in the second, and of course, the third.
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According to the devs, work on Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 3 had already started back in mid-2022. “The development on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure,” said creative director Tetsuya Nomura. “A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production began is truly rare. In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I myself have started on the development and am working towards the completion of the series.”
Of course, this doesn’t exactly help us out with the whole release window situation. But as far as realistic expectations go, we’re pinning our hopes on seeing the final entry in the series come to light at some point between 2026 and 2027.
I wouldn’t get your hopes up over catching any form of sneak preview for Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 3 just yet, what with Rebirth still on the horizon and several years of crossing t’s and dotting i’s left to do. Having said that, once Rebirth has shed its skin, there’s a good chance that we’ll see something on the matter before Q4 2024. Don’t take our word on that, though.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Just to put it out there — Final Fantasy VII Remake was a PlayStation exclusive, as is the upcoming sequel, Rebirth. Knowing this, and how Square Enix has an insuperable relationship with Sony, leads us to believe that the third installment won’t be any different, and will, in fact, remain tied to the PlayStation 5. But as for when it’ll release on said shores is still anybody’s guess — as it will continue to be for at least another year or two.
Given the the fact that the first part launched back in 2020—roughly four years before the teased early 2024 release of Rebirth—we do have reason to believe that the third part will be heading our way at some point between 2026 and 2027. We’re shaving a year off of a typical four-year development cycle here simply down to the fact that Square Enix has already begun working on it from behind the scenes. Going by that, a loose 2026 release window seems most likely at this point in time.
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