The second installment in the FF VII trilogy, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will not be available on PS4.
Square Enix announced Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth as a PS5 exclusive, skipping the PS4 with the excuse of making the most of the new generation console’s SSD. The first Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer was revealed last month, introducing the game as part two in the FFVII trilogy. Unlike its predecessor Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which launched in 2020 on PS4 and landed on PS5, PC a year later, the second part of the story will not appear on Sony’s 4th generation console at all.
In an interview with Japanese newspaper Gamer, Rebirth producer Kitase confirmed that there were several factors involved in the decision not to release the game on PS4. “Of course, the game is dedicated to PlayStation 5 because of the graphics quality as well as the SSD access speed. After the escape from Midgar, the adventure opens up to a larger world that makes the pressure to download the game extremely high. We felt the game needed the PlayStation 5 specs to overcome this problem and be able to travel the world comfortably.” Since before its launch in 2020, the PS5’s SSD has been identified as the standout feature for Sony’s next generation of Consoles along with the statement that it is a “real game changer”.
During the presentation of PlayStation 5 hardware, design engineer Mark Cerny stated that SSDs not only affect load times, but fundamentally change the way game developers build game worlds. into PS5 exclusive games without having to rely on hard drives from older console generations like the PS4. The Xbox Series X and S also use SSD storage, but Final Fantasy 7 Remake has yet to be released on Microsoft’s consoles, possibly due to an exclusivity agreement.