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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second part of the three-part Final Fantasy VII remake project, whose goal is to remake the 1997 RPG Final Fantasy VII. The game follows Final Fantasy VII Remake and is the second of three parts, released on Feburary 29, 2024 for the PlayStation 5.[1]

The title was announced in 2022 during a small presentation celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Final Fantasy VII, alongside the reveal of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion, the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on Steam and details relating to Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier.[1] A demo version was released on February 6, 2024. On February 21, 2024, the demo was updated with an additional section.




Rebirth takes place in the world of Final Fantasy VII; however, unlike its predecessor Remake which was confined to the dystopian metropolis of Midgar, Rebirth's narrative spans across the Planet. As part retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII, the player visits many familar locales, including the city of Junon, Costa del Sol, the Gold Saucer and others.


Playable characters

Playable guests

Unplayable guests

Other characters


Shinra News from FFVII Rebirth

Shinra News report on the chaos in Midgar.

Cloud Strife and the members of Avalanche make their escape from the headquarters of the Shinra Electric Power Company via motorbike. Branded "terrorists" by Shinra News Network, the group is blamed for the appearance of destructive tornadoes that rip through the city of Midgar, deemed "weather warfare" by Midgar's mayor, Domino.

Elsewhere, Zack Fair transports a comatose Cloud into the Sector 5 slums, where he catches the news broadcast and spots his girlfriend, Aerith Gainsborough, unconscious and being wheeled into a helicopter on a stretcher. He entrusts Kyrie Canaan with Cloud's care while he rushes off to save Aerith. Meanwhile, Red XIII regains consciousness within the helicopter and attacks the crew, causing the helicopter to crash on the outskirts of the sector. Zack recovers Aerith and hides her and Cloud at Elmyra Gainsborough’s house.

Sephiroth in the Shinra library from FFVII Rebirth

Sephiroth reads up on "Jenova Project".

In the town of Kalm in a different reality altogether, Cloud tells his friends about him and Sephiroth. Five years prior, Cloud was assigned a mission alongside his hero and fellow SOLDIER to investigate monsters that had spawned around the mako reactor in Cloud's hometown of Nibelheim. At the Nibel Reactor halfway up Mt. Nibel, Sephiroth finds a room with mako-filled pods, supplied via tubes from a sealed room labeled with the name of Sephiroth's mother, Jenova. Sephiroth discovers, after a week of research in the Shinra Manor basement, the origins of the Jenova Project, learning he was conceived as an effort to resurrect the Ancients using cells from a being named "Jenova" that was excavated from a 2,000-year-old rock layer.

Infuriated and emboldened by the truth of his origins, Sephiroth burns down Nibelheim, killing Mayor Zander, Cloud's mother, and Tifa's father, making his way to the reactor to reunite with his "mother". Outraged at the loss of her family and home, Tifa Lockhart attempts to kill Sephiroth with his own sword, but Sephiroth easily overpowers her and cuts her down. Cloud confronts Sephiroth about the loss of his town, his mother, and Tifa, but the outcome of their confrontation is unknown.

Aerith and Tifa in Kalm inn from FFVII Rebirth

Tifa confides to Aerith about Cloud not being in Nibelheim during the "incident".

Cloud's story leaves the group with many questions, including how Sephiroth could still be around despite the news reporting on his death. Tifa in particular notices many inconsistencies with Cloud's story, and confides to Aerith when they are alone that Cloud never came to Nibelheim five years ago, wondering if the Whispers have something to do with her and Cloud's inconsistent recollections as Aerith has also lost a great deal of her knowledge to them. Before Tifa can discuss her misgivings with Cloud, Sephiroth appears before him, mentioning that according to Cloud's memories Tifa should be dead. When Cloud accuses Tifa of being an imposter, she is hurt by Cloud's lack of trust, providing him with proof that her survival is the truth by showing her healed scar.

The next morning, the group explores the town of Kalm before Shinra Electric Power Company sends in an air raid to locate the Avalanche fugitives. With the help of innkeeper Broden, a former SOLDIER member who begrudges Shinra, they flee Kalm and head into the Grasslands Region. They rent a chocobo from Choco Bill to help them cross the swamplands, but are ambushed by the Midgardsormr, a colossal snake that lurks in the water. Despite defeating the giant serpent, it constricts Cloud and drags him underwater. Sephiroth comes to Cloud's aid, killing the serpent by impaling it on a tree, but no one but Cloud is aware of this.

Robed man with Barret and Red XIII from FFVII Rebirth

Barret and Red XIII try to help a robed man in the mines.

The fugitives find a group of hooded men, whom Cloud insists are following Sephiroth. They follow the men into the now-abandoned Mythril Mines. A walkway collapses under the robed men, and Barret Wallace and Red XIII descend into the cave to render aid. Meanwhile, Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith stumble upon Elena of the Turks venting to Rude about their mission. Elena notices Cloud and crew eavesdropping, and they have a brief fight before Barret and Red XIII arrive, as well as Tseng to the Turks' side. The two groups have a brief standoff before Elena throws a grenade, which sends Barret and Red XIII into the depths. The two navigate back to the surface, fighting a Mythril Golem on the way up before reuniting with Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith.

The group emerges from the mine to the Junon Region, where one of the robed men is snatched by a giant condor. Hints about the robed men's next destination runs dry as they reach Under Junon, a rundown fishing village existing in the shadow of Shinra's fortress and giant mako cannon. Travel by both air and sea is under heavy surveillance by Shinra and Junon is preparing for the inauguration of Rufus Shinra. While getting rooms at the inn, a local girl named Priscilla alerts the group to a monster in the water, which is attacking Yuffie Kisaragi in a rowboat. Yuffie falls unconscious while Cloud and friends fight off the Terror of the Deep, but the local mayor Rhonda resuscitates her. Yuffie recognizes Barret and Tifa as members of Avalanche's controversial splinter cell, and the next day proposes that they join her in her plot to assassinate the new president. Rhonda used the bounty on the fugitives to fund this mission, but fortunately the SOLDIER member sent to collect the fugitives was Roche, who summons Cloud to a "dance" in a more fitting arena in the city above instead of taking them in. Priscilla, with the help of her friend "Mr. Dolphin", helps Cloud and his friends ascend to the city above.

Rufus's failed assassination from FFVII Rebirth

Rufus survives an assassination attempt.

Once at the Upper Junon, Cloud decides the best way to get close to Rufus is to join the parade while Barret and Red XIII search for a route down to the port. Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith disguise themselves in Shinra armor and gather troops from Midgar's Seventh Infantry to perform in the parade. Meanwhile, Rufus is met by Glenn Lodbrok, a man Rufus believed dead. Glenn implores Rufus to keep his father's promise of war with Wutai, so Rufus decides to fire the cannon in a ceremonial display that would effectively end the ceasefire. The ceremony begins with much fanfare, and Midgar's Seventh Infantry wins the presidential commendation. Winning the award was a setup for Rufus to propose a deal with Cloud: kill Sephiroth and remain out of Midgar, and Rufus would pardon the whole group. Before the deal can be finalized, Yuffie attacks Rufus with her shuriken. Barret shouting for Yuffie to stop alerts Heidegger of the attempt and takes the blow in the back, shielding the president. Rufus takes this as a betrayal from Cloud, but is hurriedly escorted off the stage. Cloud, with the help of the Seventh, rendezvouses with the others at the port. Aerith convinces Captain Titov that the group won a free trip to Costa del Sol aboard his ship, and Titov reluctantly lets them aboard alongside a group of robed men who are also looking to cross the sea.

On board the Shinra 8, Cloud and friends partake in a Queen's Blood tournament. Upon reaching the finals, Red XIII steals the show, disguising himself as a human in a Shinra uniform and dazzling the crowd with a flamboyant display and a final game of Queen's Blood. That evening, experiments from Professor Hojo's lab attack the passengers before fusing with the robed men, creating a hybrid abomination. Captain Titov relays the results of Hojo's experiment back to the scientist, but in the interests of his passengers decides to eliminate the remaining monsters, shooting and killing the remaining robed men (and narrowly missing a disguised Yuffie who has stowed away on the ferry). Despite being shot, the robed men fuse with the arm of Jenova and Sephiroth appears, taunting Cloud about Tifa again before transforming into Jenova Emergent.

Aerith's empty white materia from FFVII Rebirth

Aerith shows Red XIII her empty "white materia".

The group arrives at Costa del Sol, where the girls insist on having a fun day in the sun while Barret insists they continue their mission. In search of an inn, they find Johnny, who invites them to stay at his seaside inn—a rundown shack that Johnny had been scammed into buying and was now struggling to pay off. Barret finally agrees to a day at the beach, and he and Cloud change into swimsuits (Cloud obtaining his swimsuit through the Costa del Amor event). Aerith and Tifa shower, and Aerith reveals to Red XIII that the white materia from her mother has become transparent as the Whispers had taken her memories.

Everyone meets at the beach, where they find Hojo, who had traveled to the resort to continue his fusion experiments on the robed men. He captures the fused monsters as samples, terrorizing the beachgoers. When Cloud and friends try to stop Hojo, Hojo captures them all, planning to use them as samples. Johnny saves the day with the help of Yuffie, who clones Johnny and destroys the Grasptropod with her ninjutsu skills. The next morning, Yuffie officially joins the team, and they all set off up Mt. Corel.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth began development following the completion of Remake and its development overlapped with the third game.[2]

A Launch date trailer was shown during the September 2023 PlayStation State of Play, after which Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that the game would cover the events of the original Final Fantasy VII up to and including the Forgotten Capital, though the order of the events would be changed as well. Nomura also confirmed the presence of AI-controlled party members akin to Red XIII during the later half of Remake.[3]

Kazushige Nojima wrote the plot based on requests from the scenario team, which included creative director Tetsuya Nomura and co-director Motomu Toriyama, and made adjustments based on feedback. The general plot for the entire remake project was already completed in the early stages of development for Final Fantasy VII Remake.[4] The game was made semi-open world due to feedback of the first installment on players wishing they could have explored Midgar more, and in the end, the team was able to realize their original vision on the "world map". The design goal was to have "the smallest possible map that feels big". The team estimated that 30–40 activities per area would be needed, and then designed content from things from the previous game before adding World Intel spots and treasure caches to balance the concentration of activities around the map.[5]

While the previous installment's battle system ended up being able to express everything battle director Endo Teruki wanted to, he felt that by keeping the number of actions the player could do low resulted in the game having less freedom than he had expected. Rebirth's battle system was designed with this in mind, while also being adaptable to different types of players: those who want to use various actions in combat and those who want to focus on using ATB commands. Even characters' moves and dodge mechanics were re-evaluated, so even the party members who appeared in the first game were adjusted.[6]


Aggregator Score
OpenCritic 93 (based on 89 reviews)[7]
Metacritic 93 (based on 119 reviews)[8]
Publication Score
Eurogamer 4/5[9]

LeBlanc 2024

Game Informer 8.5/10[10]
GamesRadar+ 4.5/5[10]
GameSpot 8/10[11]
Siliconera 10/10[12]
IGN 9/10[13]
NME 5/5[14]

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth received overwhelmingly positive reviews. With an aggregate of 93% on Metacritic after 119 reviews,[8] it has the highest score of a Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy IX, and the first single player entry to reach over 90% since Final Fantasy XII. Critics praised it for its improvements over Final Fantasy VII Remake across the broad, citing its combat system and character-driven stories as its strengths. It received some criticism for its ending, and for pacing with minigames.

Much praise was given to the combat, which critics praised as an elevation over Remake. Iain Harris of GamesRadar+ highlighted the Synergy abilities as the main evolution of the core combat, noting that they give more reason to swap characters midway.[10] Jenni Lada of Siliconera concurred that more reason was given to switch party members, and noted that each had a distinct role.[12] Michael Higham, writing for IGN, argued that though the amount of moves the game offers can at times be overwhelming, it offers an "embarrassment of riches without making you too overpowered when it really counts".[13]

Another highlight was the character-driven stories in Rebirth. Tamoor Hussain, writing for GameSpot, found this to be the "soul of Rebirth's narrative and frequently exhibit excellent character work".[11] Lada praised the interactions between the characters, saying that Square Enix has stayed faithful to their original character, meaning new plotlines involving them never felt forced.[12] Harris noted how the sidequests with other party members "rewards you with greater intimacy with your own party, as a companion always takes an interest in what's happening and is keen to help".[10]

Critics mostly praised the side content, but felt that they at times hurt pace. Writing for NME, Andy Brown called the side content and minigames "exceptional" and felt the wealth of them "make the world feel truly alive".[14] Harris noted their inclusion was faithful to the original Final Fantasy VII, meaning the game "maintains the joy of going through a toy box".[10] Conversely, Hussain, while noting enjoying the minigames, argued that the side-content in between the main narrative harmed the pacing of the story, finding it "hard not to get irked when the gang is playing carnival games, frolicking around in beachwear, or racing chocobo for hours on end while the fate of the world hangs in the balance".[11]

Though critics enjoyed the character-driven parts of the story, disappointment was expressed regarding the ending. Higham believed that the game does "fumble the execution" of the ending due to being "caught up in the mess of its multiple twisting timelines".[13] Hussain agreed, saying that Aerith was robbed a moment crucial to her character as "the message is lost among narrative noise".[11] Harris agreed the convoluted story elements carried over as an issue from Remake, but argued that Rebirth had improved on the story padding issue, finding it "less noticeable and more enjoyable this time around".[10]

Production credits

Producer Yoshinori Kitase[15]
Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura[2]
Director Naoki Hamaguchi[16]
Co-Director Motomu Toriyama
Story & Scenario Kazushige Nojima
Music Mitsuto Suzuki
Masashi Hamauzu
Theme Song & Original Music Composed By Nobuo Uematsu
Art Director Shintaro Takai
Battle Director Teruki Endo
World Design Director Masanori Sato
Lead Application Programmer Daiki Hoshina
Lead Battle Programmer Satoru Koyama
Lead Animation & Cutscene Programmer Ryo Hara
Environment Director Takako Miyake
Lighting Director Iichiro Yamaguchi
Cutscene Director Hidekazu Miyake
Cutscene Co-Director Junichi Hayashi
Character Modeling Director Masaaki Kazeno
Lead Rendering Programmer Shuichi Ikeda
Lead AI Programmer Yoji Shirakami
Animation Director Yoshiyuki Soma
Facial Director Akira Iwasawa
Lead Player Programmer Toshimitsu Michikami
Lead Technical Programmer Tomohito Hano
Lead UI & Localization Programmer Takeshi Mouri
Lead System Programmer Satoshi Kitade
Sound Director Makoto Ise
Music Supervisor Keiji Kawamori
Lead Dialogue Editor Asako Suga
Movie Director Hiroshi Kuwabara
Director of Photography Yuuki Akama
Project Manager Nobuyuki Ueda
Co-Producer Shinpei Yashima
Lead Quality Assurance Coordinator Takashi Kaneko
Marketing & PR Manager Akiko Wada
Marketing & PR Lead Planners Yumi Katsuyama
Hiroko Ueda
Logo Illustration Yoshitaka Amano
Theme Song Sung By Loren Allred

Voice cast

Character Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor French Voice Actor German Voice Actor
Cloud Strife Takahiro Sakurai Cody Christian Tanguy Goasdoué Felix Mayer
Aerith Gainsborough Maaya Sakamoto Briana White Céline Melloul Manja Doering
Tifa Lockhart Ayumi Ito Britt Baron Jessica Barrier Shandra Schadt
Barret Wallace Mahito Funaki John Eric Bentley Frédéric Souterelle Tobias Brecklinghaus
Red XIII Kappei Yamaguchi Max Mittelman Fabrice Fara Peter Lehn
Yuffie Kisaragi Yumi Kakazu Suzie Yeung Caroline Combes Eleni Möller-Architektonidou
Cait Sith Hideo Ishikawa Paul Tinto Emmanuel Rausenberger Daniel Käser
Cid Highwind Kazuyuki Yama J. Michael Tatum Bruno Ouzeau Stephane Bittoun
Vincent Valentine Shougo Suzuki Matthew Mercer Raphaël Cohen Nils Kreutinger
Rufus Shinra Toru Okawa Josh Bowman Bertrand Nadler Nils Weyland
Professor Hojo Shigeru Chiba James Sie Arnaud Arbessier Axel Gottschick
Heidegger Katsumi Cho John DiMaggio Gabriel Le Doze Thomas Balou Martin
Reeve Tuesti Banjo Ginga Jon Root Frédéric Popovic Andreas Otto
Scarlet Masako Katsuki Erin Cottrell Marie Zidi Gisa Bergmann
Palmer Naoki Tatsuta William Salyers Gérard Boucaron Peter Weis
Tseng Junichi Suwabe Vic Chao Stéphane Fourreau Oliver Schmitz
Reno Keiji Fujiwara Arnie Pantoja Jérémy Prévost Martin Sabel
Rude Taiten Kusunoki William C. Stephens Bruno Magne Dirk Hardegen
Elena Megumi Toyoguchi Piper Reese Alice Orsat Samina König
Roche Kenta Miyake Austin Lee Matthews David Krüger Cédric Cavatore
Biggs Shuhei Sakaguchi Gideon Emery Benjamin Gasquet Erik Borner
Wedge Takayuki Asai Matt Jones Mathias Casartelli Sebastian Huther
Jessie Rasberry Satomi Moriya Erica Lindbeck Marie Chevalot Leyla Trebbien
Marlene Wallace Otoha Umezaki Brielle Milla Adeline Chetail Anni C. Salander
Johnny Yasuyuki Kase Yuri Lowenthal Grégory Laisné Toni Michael Sattler
Kyrie Canaan Sumire Uesaka Erika Harlacher Isabelle Volpe Franziska Trunte
Madam M Yuka Komatsu Mallory Low Sabrina Marchese Katrin von Chamier
Andrea Rhodea (Aniyan Kunyan) Tomokazu Sugita Trevor Devall Jean-Alain Velardo Oliver Wronka
Rashard Zangan Hiroshi Fujioka Jamieson Price Loïc Houdré Achim Barrenstein
Zander Shin Aomori Piotr Michael Thierry Mercier Christian Jungwirth
Broden Masahide Fuji Mick Lauer Mathieu Buscatto Thomas Friebe
Rhonda Rei Igarashi G.K. Bowes Marie Bouvier Birte Sieling
Priscilla Rikako Ota Reese Warren Geneviève Doang Nicole Silbermann
Captain Titov Tsuyoshi Koyama Jonathan Lipow Luc Boulad Detlef Tams
Regina Riho Sugiyama Amber May Jennifer Fauveau Sabine Schmitt
Mayor Kapano Binbin Takaoka Mick Wingert Bertrand Liebert Hanns-Jörg Krumpholz
Doctor Shieran Wataru Yokoshima Lloyd Sherr Bernard Bollet Aart Veder
Billy Yusuke Shirai Paul Castro Jr Jimmy Costa Sam Bauer
Chloe Hisui Kimura Trinity Bliss Clara Quilichini Jana Dunja Gries
Bill Michio Hazama Michael McConnohie Marc Bretonnière Stefan Müller-Ruppert
Dyne Kenjirō Tsuda Dave B Mitchell Cyrille Monge Marc Oliver Schulze
Solemn Gus Setsuji Satō Jonah Scott Marc Saez Felix Holm
Garth Taisuke Nakano Isaac Robinson-Smith Jean-Michel Vaubien Jonas Baeck
Esther Sayaka Senbongi Erin Yvette Valérie Bachère Julia Koep
Joe Hiromichi Tezuka Griffin Burns Alexandre Coadour Pascal Spielvogel
Geisel Bugenhagen Yohei Tadano Frank Todaro Martial Le Minoux Kurt Spielmann
Gi Nattak Tayaka Hashi Bruce Thomas Antoine Tomé Alexander Beck
Dio Koichi Yamadera Ian James Corlett Serge Biavan Heiko Grauel
Cissnei Atsumi Nakada Kayli Mills Valérie Bescht Andrea Dewell
Myrna Michiko Kaiden Francesca Meaux Annie Milon Alice von Lindenau
Ifalna Risa Shimizu Allegra Clark Barbara Beretta Leslie Vanessa Lill
Don Corneo Yohei Tadano Fred Tatasciore Patrice Melennec Frank Felicetti
Scotch Kenji Kitamura Greg Chun Serge Thiriet Peter Dischkow
Kotch Subaru Kimura Chris Jai Alex Pierre Alam Michael-Che_Koch
Sonon Kusakabe Yoshimasa Hosoya Aleks Le Damien Boisseau Brian Sommer
Nero the Sable Ryōtarō Okiayu Sean Chiplock Romain Altché Ferdi Özten
Chadley Shuichiro Umeda Sean-Ryan Petersen Benjamin Bollen Marco Rosenberg
MAI Manaka Iwami Grace Lu Claire Baradat Lisa Dzyadyk
Glenn Lodbrok Daiki Hamano Ben Diskin Slimane Yefsah Dirk Plönissen
Gilgamesh Kazuya Nakai Keith Szarabajka Jérémie Covillault Peter Wenke
Zack Fair Kenichi Suzumura Caleb Pierce Fabrice Josso Patrick Keller
Sephiroth Toshiyuki Morikawa Tyler Hoechlin Bruno Choël Florian Hoffmann


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