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 RPG

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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 is mechanically distinct and includes 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, so we don’t see why its upgraded counterpart can’t become one of the best PS5 games in turn.

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

Here’s everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade:

Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 release date

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade releases on June 10, 2021 for the PS5.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 trailer

The final trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade has been released by Square Enix, which you can watch below:

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS5 free upgrade

You’ll be able to access most of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade content for free if you bought Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PlayStation 4. On June 10, if you own a PlayStation 5, you will be eligible to download an enhancement update, which adds the visual upgrades and next-gen features, free of charge.

This, however, does not include the new episode with Yuffie, which will be available to purchase separately. It is also not available for free if you downloaded Final Fantasy 7 Remake when it was March’s PS Plus game. Unfortunately, according to a Square Enix FAQ, if you own the physical version of the game on PS4 and own a digital edition of the PS5, then you will be ineligible for the free upgrade.

The standard edition of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade costs $69.99. Square Enix has not yet announced how much it will cost to upgrade your PS4 version of the game if you are ineligible for the free upgrade.

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

Here’s the full list of features 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

Square Enix has confirmed that full DualSense integration will be introduced in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2.

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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.

Square Enix gives us a glimpse at the content of Yuffie’s extra episode in Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade, saying: “play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.”

During an interview published on the PlayStation blog, game director Tetsuya Nomura says that in Episode Intermission, players “will be able to get closer to Yuffie than usual,” which is very exciting for fans who want to get to know her character more.

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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

You can also get your hands on a Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Digital Deluxe Edition for $89.99. This includes a Digital Artbook and Digital Mini-Soundtrack.

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Will Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade be available on PC?

No, sorry. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is a PlayStation 5 exclusive for at least six months after release.

That’s all you need to know about the PlayStation 5 upgrade for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Once you’ve finished Yuffie’s episode and replayed the main game to get a look at the new, improved textures, it’s back to waiting for Part 2 to release, which is expected in 2022 or later.