Square Enix is back for the fourth day in a row with a slightly strange Final Fantasy VII Rebirth quote, today announcing you don't need to have played PS5, PS4 title Final Fantasy VII Remake in order to enjoy the sequel. The company says it has "made preparations so that players who did not get a chance to play the first game can fully enjoy Final Fantasy VII Rebirth".
It doesn't say what those plans are, but we have to assume it'll be some sort of retrospective video you can watch from Rebirth's main menu that recounts the events of the first remake. One other approach could be to have Cloud spell out what happened in Final Fantasy VII Remake in dialogue at the start of Rebirth. Either way, co-director Motomu Toriyama assures you can jump straight into Final Fantasy VII Rebirth without playing its predecessor.
The first quote Square Enix offered on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth last week made the most sense, stating it's "working on nailing down a release date" for the RPG, which is currently slated for a PS5 launch in winter 2023. It followed that claim up saying the sequel will offer lots of freedom: "Players will be able to journey across the wide and multifaceted world with a high degree of freedom, experiencing a myriad of different stories along the way." However, the most bizarre quote of the lot came yesterday, when it was revealed the game will have a story! And characters! Wow!
At least now you know you don't need to have experienced what those characters have done in the past to follow this next part of the story. Groundbreaking stuff over here. What will be confirmed tomorrow, we wonder? That you can equip Materia?!