While the majority of eager Final Fantasy fans had already assumed a demo was on the way for the upcoming middle entry in Square Enix’s ambitious Final Fantasy VII Remake project, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and that it would be announced at and dropped shortly after tomorrow’s dedicated State of Play, it seems that PlayStation itself has accidentally confirmed as much ahead of time.
As shared on social media, the PS5’s digital storefront/home menu has seemingly started running the demo trailer early, even going as far as highlighting it as “Out Now,” which obviously isn’t the case yet. The text accompanying the trailer says it’ll contain the opening chapter of the game, which will cover the Nibelheim episode and feature both Sephiroth as a playable party member, and presumably players will be able to pick up their progress in the full game.
This is a section we’ve previously played in our hands-on preview of the game, which you can read more about here.
You can see the accidentally-revealed trailer below:
PSN confirms that a Final Fantasy VII Rebirth demo is coming tomorrow (says it's "out now" but I think the trailer was meant for tomorrow)
In my earlier preview of this section of the game (and a later open-world area) I said, “If what I played here is anything to go by, there’s a good cadence here of modern-feeling open exploration bookended by visits to stunning recreations of familiar locales from Final Fantasy VII along with thoughtful updates to scenarios, characters and encounters that OG fans remember. This small taste has me incredibly excited to see the rest of Rebirth’s vast world and whether the team truly has managed to keep up the fidelity and depth of gameplay, visuals and sterling fan service achieved in Final Fantasy VII Remake in a far grander scope than before.”