Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – this box art is frankly stunning (Picture: Square Enix)
It’s only a PS5 exclusive for three months but there’s no guarantee Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will make the jump to Xbox afterwards.
As underwhelming as last night’s State of Play was, its new Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer at least revealed a lot of new info and teases for fans to obsessively pore over.
In its wake, though, Square Enix has shared further details that Sony omitted from the showcase, such as a £350 collector’s edition that comes with a 19-inch statue of Sephiroth.
Perhaps the most intriguing extra detail is that Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth won’t be a PlayStation 5 exclusive for long. Square Enix’s upload of the trailer reveals that the game is ‘Not available on other formats at least until May 29, 2004′ – just three months after its initial launch.
Its predecessor – Final Fantasy 7 Remake – was a timed PlayStation exclusive too, but pre-release material stated that its exclusivity deal would last for a whole year.
Why Rebirth’s timed exclusivity is so much shorter is anybody’s guess, but it could mean that you won’t have to wait as long for the eventual PC port.
Admittedly, this doesn’t mean a PC version will drop in early June or anything. In fact, Remake’s PC port took 20 months to arrive after the initial launch and given Rebirth is a significantly larger game, it wouldn’t be surprising if it didn’t come to PC until 2025.
It’s also entirely possible that an Xbox version will follow suit, but considering Remake still hasn’t jumped to Microsoft’s console, it’s hard to imagine that the Xbox would get a Rebirth port first.
Microsoft even previously claimed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will never come to Xbox thanks to Sony’s deal with Square Enix, although that was when they were trying to exaggerate their position for Activision Blizzard monopoly investigators.
Kiryu: As CEO of Square Enix, we want to continue to deliver fabulous games to fans across the globe. We want to welcome the Xbox community as well. Starting with today’s announcement and whenever possible we are planning to bring our games to Xbox for players to enjoy.
— Nova Crystallis (@Nova_Crystallis) July 28, 2023
There have been plenty of Square Enix games that haven’t come to Xbox recently, despite being on all other formats, such as Octopath Traveler 2 and Theatrhythm Final Bar Line.
It does seem like that’s about to change though. Back in July, Square Enix announced that its critically acclaimed online game Final Fantasy 14 is coming to Xbox, and CEO Takashi Kiryu added ‘whenever possible we are planning to bring our games to Xbox for players to enjoy.’
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