Your progress and abilities from Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t carry over into future installments. However, there are some bonuses for your Remake data.
If you’ve invested many hours in Final Fantasy VII Remake, unfortunately, it won’t provide substantial advantages in the upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. In a recent interview published on the PlayStation Blog, game director Naoki Hamaguchi confirmed that you won’t be able to transfer your Remake save files or character builds into Rebirth.
Here’s the complete question and answer:
Q: Given that Final Fantasy VII Remake is an ongoing project, can players import their saved files and character creations to continue their journey in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth?
Hamaguchi: We’ve announced that the Final Fantasy VII Remake project will consist of a trilogy, with each installment being a standalone game. As a result, each game’s balance is managed independently, and a player’s level and abilities won’t transfer between games. However, we have designed some special bonuses for fans who have played the previous game, giving them a head start with additional perks.
As per the Rebirth listings on Square Enix’s website, these bonuses will include unique Materia. If you have saved data from your PS4 or PS5 Remake on your PS5, you’ll receive Leviathan. If you have data saved from the DLC expansion, Episode Intermission, you’ll be rewarded with Ramuh.
Some other intriguing details:
- It will introduce new Materia that wasn’t present in the previous game.
- Players will have the opportunity to control Red XIII, who will come with a new “Revenge Gauge” mechanic.
- However, Vincent Valentine’s playability remains uncertain; while the latest Rebirth trailer provides a glimpse of his enigmatic character, creative director Tetsuya Nomura hasn’t explicitly confirmed his battle control. (“There are characters in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth who will become official party members in the next installment.”)
- Expect a variety of mini-games, promising an entertaining experience, particularly at the Gold Saucer.
- Rebirth is expected to conclude at the same point where, in the original PS1 version of Final Fantasy VII (spoiler alert… from 1997), Aerith meets her fate at the hands of Sephiroth. Nomura mentioned, “While there have been changes in the order of locations, the areas depicted in [Rebirth] extend to ‘The Forgotten Capital,’ where the most significant fate of Final Fantasy VII awaits you.” It seems like we’ll need to embark on a whole new journey to discover if events will unfold as they did before; my hunch is they won’t.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is scheduled for release on PS5 on February 29, 2024 (Leap Day!), and you can catch a fresh trailer for it right now. Rebirth is the second installment in the Rebirth trilogy, and based on the latest Rebirth trailer, I’m speculating about what might be in store for the third game.