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Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 release date, free upgrade, and more

Everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, the PlayStation 5 upgrade for the beloved RPG.

Yuffie, wearing an oversized beige poncho, points towards the camera, holding a green materia orb in her pointing hand

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was hugely popular when Square Enix released it in 2020, and it quickly became one of the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 games, shifting 3.5 million copies in its first three days. Players weren’t disappointed, either, as the game hadn’t just had a graphical overhaul; it was mechanically distinct and included all-new voice acting – while staying true to the original lore.

Fans of the series had been waiting for a complete rework of the 1997 classic for nearly 15 years after a tech demo was showcased at E3 in 2005, which showed the opening of the game using Square Enix’s then-new Crystal Tools engine. Final Fantasy 7 Remake turned out to be one of the best PS4 games, and its upgraded counterpart. Remake Intergrade, became one of the best PS5 games in turn.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was a souped-up version of the remake with boosted graphics, a new chapter, and better performance exclusively for the PlayStation 5. We’ll forgive you for being a little confused about a remaster of a remake, so we’ve broken it down to explain exactly what you got for your money. In short, it was a PS5 version of the game you know and love.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 release date

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was released on Thursday, June 10, 2021, for the PS5.

This came just one year after the original PS4 version of FF7 Remake. However, that didn’t stop FF7 lovers from playing one of the best RPG games back-to-back.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 gameplay

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade’s gameplay was effectively identical to the PS4 remake version, boasting incredibly satisfying hybrid combat, the iconic story reimagined, and absolutely stunning visuals.

However, it also included a new episode to play through with Yuffie, expanding the game with even more content on PS5 – though more on this in a moment.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 free upgrade

You were able to access most of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade content for free if you had bought Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PlayStation 4. If you owned a PlayStation 5, you were (and still are) eligible to download an enhancement update, which added the visual upgrades and next-gen features, free of charge.

This, however, did not include the additional episode with Yuffie, which had to be bought separately.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade PS5: Two images of Cloud Strife are next to each other, labelled PS5 and PS4. He looks out over a landfill site, the PS5 image is higher quality.

What was included in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 update?

Here’s the full list of features that were included in the PlayStation 5 upgrade for Final Fantasy 7 Remake:

  • Immerse yourself in the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting, and background environments
  • Players can switch between two game modes:
    • “Graphics Mode” prioritises 4K high-resolution graphics
    • “Performance Mode” prioritises smooth action at 60 frames per second
  • Capture and share your memorable moments from the game with a fully customisable “Photo Mode”
  • Players can enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense PlayStation 5 controller with its haptic feedback integration

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade PS5: Yuffie, wearing a beige poncho, falls backwards towards the ground.

Who is Yuffie in Final Fantasy 7 Remake?

Yuffie Kisaragi is an iconic character from the original game, who hunts Materia in the forests of Gaia, the planet where Final Fantasy 7 takes place. She wields a large shuriken and utilises her capabilities as a ninja to infiltrate and stealth her way through life.

In Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade’s extra episode on PS5, you can play as Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.

Overall, it gave you a great opportunity to get closer to Yuffie than ever before, which came in handy with FF7 Rebirth, the second entry in the remake project.

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IGN also revealed 11 minutes of Yuffie gameplay footage, which you can watch here.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Deluxe Edition

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Digital Deluxe Edition cost $89.99 and included a Digital Artbook and Digital Mini-Soundtrack.

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Will Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade be available on PC?

Almost a year after Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s PS5 Intergrade addition, FF7 Intergrade also came to PC via Steam on Friday, June 17, 2022. This let even more players enjoy the incredible remakes of the beloved 1997 banger.