Rebirth is the second instalment of the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy and follows Cloud and his crew after they escape from Midgar while continuing their quest to take down the megacorporation Shinra. For those who have played the original, Rebirth is set to cover most of the post-Midgar portion of the game, up until the Forgotten Capital, and will introduce fan-favourite characters like Vincent Valentine, Cait Sith and Cid.
However, don’t expect things to play out exactly like they did in Final Fantasy VII. On top of the new gameplay mechanics, Final Fantasy VII Remake wasn’t afraid to change up a few details from the original game, so there’s no telling how much Rebirth will diverge from the canon. Case in point: the game’s director Naoki Hamaguchi has teased a “big surprise” for the original game’s most iconic scene.
One thing worth noting is that you won’t be able to import your save data from Final Fantasy VII Remake, so you’ll be starting back at square one in terms of character stats. However, if you have saved data from the previous game, you’ll receive Leviathan summoning materia when you start up Rebirth. You’ll also get Ramuh summoning materia if you have Episode: interMISSION save data.
The review embargo lifted last week, and the overall vibe seems to be an extremely positive one. This includes one from Kotaku Australia’s Emily Spindler, who had an excellent time with it:
“Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a leviathan in and of itself. It’s expansive in ways even Remake couldn’t achieve, with a living, breathing open world filled to the brim with intentionally-placed side quests and new additions that feel less like filler and more like worldbuilding. It’s as though Square Enix has taken a microscope to this cross-section of Final Fantasy VII, highlighting and clarifying smaller details that were glossed over or lost in the pacing of the original.”
This article has been updated since its original publication.
Where can you get Final Fantasy VII Rebirth for cheap in Australia?
The standard edition of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth retails for $119.95 and is exclusively available on the PS5. Currently, Mighty Ape has the cheapest copies going at $89 each. After that, Amazon Australia, Big W and JB Hi-Fi have it for $99, although the former offers free shipping.
Every preorder for a physical copy of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth comes with a Midgar Bangle as an in-game accessory. If you preorder the game through JB Hi-Fi you’ll also receive a Shinra Bangle an in-game accessory, while EB Games will give you a Dualsense controller grip.
Here’s where you can pick up a cheap copy of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth in Australia:
- Mighty Ape: $89
- Amazon Australia: $99 + free shipping
- Big W: $99
- JB Hi-Fi: $99
- The Gamesmen: $109
- PlayStation Store: $114.95
- eBay: $116.95
- Kogan: $117.26
- EB Games: $119.95
If you haven’t played Final Fantasy VII Remake yet, the PlayStation Store and Amazon Australia are offering a bundle that includes both it and Rebirth:
Where can you get Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Deluxe Editon for cheap in Australia?
We’re also getting a delxue edition of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, which is priced at $169.95 for physical copies and $144.95 if you buy it digitally.
If you buy the deluxe edition through the PlayStation Store, you’ll get digital copies of the mini-soundtrack and artbook, along with in-game DLC for the Magic Pot summoning materia, a Reclaimant Choker accessory and an Orchid Bracelet armour. The Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Remake twin pack is also available from the PlayStation Store.
At the time of writing, it looks like physical copies of the delxue edition are now out of stock. If you do manage to track down a physical copy of the deluxe edition, it should include the standard game with a reversible cover, a Steelbook case, a mini-soundtrack CD and a hardback artbook. The preorder bonuses for the standard edition apply here too.
Here’s where you can grab the deluxe edition of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth in Australia:
- PlayStation Store: $144.95
There’s also a Collector’s Edition for the game, but it doesn’t look like it’s available through any Australian retailers.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released in Australia on February 29, exclusively on the PlayStation 5.
Image: Square Enix/Kotaku Australia
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