Square Enix has announced that those who played PS5, PS4 game Final Fantasy VII Remake will be treated to "special bonuses" when they boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Tracked through your save data, this is being done because the publisher isn't carrying over levels or abilities. As such, the bonus items are just a "little something extra".
The complete quote from director Naoki Hamaguchi on the PlayStation Blog reads: "We have announced that the Final Fantasy VII remake project will be a trilogy and that each entry will be a standalone game in its own right. Because of this, each game’s balancing is done independently and a player’s levels and abilities will not carry over from one game to the next. However, we have created some special bonuses for fans who played the previous game, allowing them to start with a little something extra."
Over on the PS Store pre-order page, two bonus items are actually detailed. If you have save data for Final Fantasy VII Remake from either the PS5 or PS4 version, you'll get a Summon Materia for Leviathan. If you have save data from DLC Episode Intermission also, you'll get Summon Materia for Ramuh. You must have the save data available natively on your PS5 console to get the bonuses.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches for PS5 on 29th February 2024, with the base version set at £69.99 / $69.99 and a Digital Deluxe Edition costing £84.99 / $89.99. There's also a digital bundle that gives you both Rebirth and Final Fantasy VII Remake for the same price, but the offer is only available until the day before release: 28th February 2024.