By the time you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrated will be available on Steam, and Part 2 will finally be seen in motion.
On Thursday, Square Enix held its Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration event. The event was packed with announcements about the game, including Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (see below) and many more reveals. To kick off the event, however, Square Enix made a special announcement just for Steam PC players. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the full version of Square Enix’s reboot of the game, is leaving its exclusivity on the Epic Games Store and coming to Steam.
However, the confirmation of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for Steam was only half of Square Enix’s announcement.
It seems Steam players won’t have to wait long for the game. In fact, they won’t have to wait at all. The other half of the announcement was confirmation that the game will be coming to Steam tomorrow – today!
Another essential confirmation that Square Enix made during the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration revolved around Valve’s new handheld PC platform, Steam Deck. The company has confirmed that the game has been verified for Steam Deck, so Deck users will be able to play it as soon as it becomes available for download.
Admittedly, the bombshell nature of the news is somewhat diminished by the fact that the game has been available for PC via the Epic Games Store for months. Square Enix announced the port at The Game Awards 2021 and launched it before Christmas. However, the seemingly 6-month exclusivity window is now over, and Steam users can finally experience the final chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for themselves.
To compensate for the long wait, Square Enix is offering fans a healthy discount to celebrate the game’s launch on Steam.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade launches on Steam at 29% off at launch, so if you’re interested in the game, now’s the time to grab it.
“Rebirth” of Part 2?!
There were plenty of exciting announcements made at the Final Fantasy VII event, but Square Enix has also fulfilled the wishes of many fans by revealing the second part of the remake.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 trailer opens with a discussion/questioning of Sephiroth’s endgame and plans for the planet…
… while showing what appears to be more open space than Midgard seen in the first game. It also seems to set up further developments in Zack Fair’s new story before quickly coming to an end. It’s not much, but a pleasant taste of what’s to come.
The trailer ends by giving away the official title, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, and confirms a release date of next winter, 2023.
This means fans have a long wait ahead of them, but Square Enix also confirmed that the game would be in three parts. This at least sets new and reasonable expectations for fans for the second and third parts. A trilogy, possibly with DLCs, is probably the best direction for the franchise, although there will be fans who will be disappointed to have to wait so long for the story to conclude.
Although Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade has been confirmed for Steam, there has been no announcement regarding the Xbox release of the FF7 Remake. It was launched as a timed exclusive, but Square Enix and Sony may have decided to extend this to consoles. Many were hoping that this port would be announced now but to no avail. Interestingly, however, while Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has only been confirmed for PS5, Crisis Core: Reunion will be released for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. So there’s still some hope that the remake will arrive on Xbox at some point in the future.