You'll be able to play FF7 on next-gen.
Sony finally revealed more official details about its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. On the morning of October 8, Sony confirmed the official name of the PS5 (you can guess it), gave us more info on the new PS5 controller, and talked about a famous developer already working on a PS5 game. We also know, roughly, when the PS5 is coming out.
The Final Fantasy VII remake was one of the biggest games at E3 2019, with publisher Square Enix's press conference bringing our best look yet at the game and its changes to combat. But the initial release of the game will not consist of the full FF7 story; it focuses on the Midgar portion. As such, even with a release coming in early 2020, it could be much longer before the complete experience is delivered. But will the game only ever be playable on PS4? That doesn't appear to be the case, with Square Enix suggesting game will be playable on PlayStation 5.
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"I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles," the company's president and CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, told Game Informer. "I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both, so I'm not really concerned about that and I believe that the fans are also going to be able to enjoy it on both, including the next-generation of consoles."
Matsuda did not confirm, however, whether this will be achieved via backward compatibility--which will be a part of both PS5 and the new Xbox console, Scarlett--or if the game will be released on those consoles. In previous generations, games have come to, for example, both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as developers attempt to maximize sales and simultaneously take advantage of the new hardware's power. GameSpot has contacted Square Enix for clarification.
Final Fantasy 7 has so far only been confirmed for PS4. We got a much closer look at the game during Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference, with an extended trailer as well as an extended gameplay and combat demonstration. Square Enix also revealed the game will span two Blu-ray discs when it launches on PS4, and the publisher will offer an extravagant $330 collector's edition through its online store. The highly anticipated game will finally launch worldwide on March 3, 2020.