Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is PS5 exclusive “because of the SSD speed,” says Square Enix

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is PS5 exclusive “because of the SSD speed,” says Square Enix
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Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase has said that Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, because of the console’s SSD speed.

In an interview with the Japanese publication Gamer (via VGC), Kitase spoke about the game’s exclusivity. Square Enix made the decision not to release the game on PS4. Kitase said:

“It’s exclusive to PlayStation 5 because of the graphical quality, of course, as well as SSD access speed. Since the adventure unfolds in a vast world after the escape from Midgar, loading stress is an extreme bottleneck. We felt we needed the specifications of PlayStation 5 to overcome that and travel the world comfortably.”

There has been a rush of Final Fantasy VII news recently. Square Enix announced Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion last month. It’s a remaster of a game that originally came out on the PlayStation Portable. And has been locked on the PSP for years. The original game went down well with critics. Check out VideoGamer’s review of it here. In other recent Final Fantasy news, we found out last week that the remake of VII could well have been two games, rather than three.

In VideoGamer’s review of Final Fantasy VII Remake, I said:

“Final Fantasy VII Remake is closer to the Star Wars prequels, which seemed to mark the point at which George Lucas’s creative will was matched, rather than challenged, by the state of the art.”

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is out on PlayStation 5 in winter 2023.