RPG fans are playing the Victory Fanfare theme on repeat right now after Square Enix dropped the latest trailer for the upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, at the September 2023 State of Playshowcase.
As if that wasn't enough, Square Enix made sure to feed the more hardcore members of the community by unveiling the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Collector's Edition.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a title that fans have eagerly awaited since the release of FF7 Remake in 2020. The sequel is a part of a planned trilogy, promising to take players on an even grander journey through the open world of Gaia as they explore various iconic locations from the original title, adding depth to the story that has enthralled millions. It's been confirmed that this adventure will be presented on two Blu-rays, each packing a whopping 100GB, ensuring an experience that's both immersive and expansive.
For those new to the series or wanting a comprehensive experience, twin-pack pre-orders that combine this game with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade are also available although the developers guarantee that FF7 Rebirth will be a standalone experience. If nothing else, this strategic move is likely aimed at attracting both series veterans and newcomers alike.
But, while the game's latest trailer is a massive draw, the Collector's Edition, specifically Sephiroth's 19-inch statue, has been the talk of the town, particularly among die-hard fans and collectors and the ever-green-minded internet. This special edition, priced at $349.99, promises a plethora of physical and digital items that no fan would want to pass up. The physical items include a copy of the game housed in a steelbook case, featuring the captivating art of Cloud and Zack. Alongside, there's an art book titled The Art of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and the aforementioned figure, complete with a detachable single black wing, symbolizing the character's complexity and power. The memorabila, in particular, has been the cynosure, offering fans a tangible piece of the universe they adore.
To be honest, we're surprised Square Enix didn't include Zack Fair and Cloud Strife into the mix. We're sure the series' fans will have something to say about the "girth" of the Buster Sword, which is estimated to be anywhere between five to six feet in length.
For players more inclined towards in-game content, the Collector's Edition doesn't disappoint. It brings with it a slew of digital items, including the Summoning Materia DLC. This allows players to call upon the enchanting Moogle Trio and the intriguing Magic Pot. Additionally, players will find equipment such as the Reclaimant Choker accessory and the Orchid Bracelet armor to bolster their journey through Gaia.
The key art for the reversible cover of this expensive collectible has also stirred interest, emphasizing the intricate if not Kingdom Hearts-like narrative interwoven in the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy. It showcases the trio of Cloud, Zack, and Sephiroth beneath a three-hued sky, with a backdrop of flames, indicating the intense conflict and drama that awaits players.
Zack Fair, who only had a relatively minor role in the original story of Final Fantasy VII, has become increasingly integral to the mythology of the universe, especially after his expanded story in Crisis Core, which received a remaster last year. His prominent inclusion in the key art signals his significant involvement in this remake trilogy, fueling speculations following rumors that FF7 Rebirth will end with a new protagonist.
It should be noted, for those considering their purchasing options, that Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will remain an exclusive to PlayStation 5 until at least May 29, 2024. After this exclusivity window, it might grace other platforms, similar to Final Fantasy 16, which is getting a PC port and at least two paid DLCs.
With yet another viral-worthy premium edition in the bag, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is all but guaranteed to remain in the mainstream spotlight ahead of its launch on February 29.