PlayStation slips on banana peel, reveals FF7 Rebirth demo is coming

A new Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo is expected to drop after its PS5 State of Play deep dive, but it looks like Sony jumped the gun on the reveal trailer.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo trailer leak: Aerith with her trademark pink bow and red jacket

A new Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer has landed ahead of its upcoming PlayStation State of Play showcase, and it looks like Sony has revealed its hand prematurely. As spotted by ‘Wario64’ on Twitter the trailer says that a playable demo for the game is “out now” despite it not appearing on the PS Store, indicating a State of Play shadow drop has gone awry.

According to the trailer description, the demo will enable you “to step into the shoes of either Cloud or Sephiroth during the Nibelheim episode.” The demo will also let you “explore the world map,” which is incredibly exciting as we expect our first outing beyond Midgar’s walls to land in our best open world games list.

While we won’t go into the specifics of what happens down in Nibelheim to keep this article as spoiler-free as possible, just know that it’s some serious shit that dramatically alters Cloud and Sephiroth’s respective trajectories. We can already spot Tifa roughly six seconds into the trailer, so we’ll let you ponder who else may make an appearance during the event that transpired five years before the beginning of FF7.

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By the looks of Wario64’s post, we won’t just be back in Nibelheim during the demo, either. There’s plenty of footage of the modern-day party out exploring in the trailer, including a shot of Cloud standing next to what looks like the newly reimagined version of Junon at around the nine-second mark.

Though there’s no way to gauge how long the demo will keep you busy for until after it drops, we can imagine there’ll be a good couple of hours’ worth of content in there. Between riveting story beats and open-world exploration, we can’t wait to get a taste of what Square Enix has in store for us ahead of its February 29 release date.

For more of the latest Final Fantasy news, check out why FF14 will cost you twice as much on Xbox as it does on PS5, as well as why FF7 Rebirth’s most iconic scene will hurt even more this time.