Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s Performance Mode Visuals Are Getting Another Update Soon

And there'll be less "scary" character shadows.

With Final Fantasy VII Rebirth now out and folks enjoying their sweeping adventures through its huge world, the game’s director Naoki Hamaguchi has gone on record to say that the studio is working on further improvements to the game’s 60FPS Performance Mode in an update coming soon.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback on whether the graphics in the performance mode will be improved or not. We hear you, and we are currently working on an update patch to improve that aspect. I don’t think the release date would be far away from now,” Hamaguchi-san told Philippines outlet One More Game, indicating we might see more improvement to the comparatively-blurry mode, an issue that has already seen a small uplift in the game’s launch-day patch.

The director wouldn’t divulge the full scope of the update and exactly what it changes/fixes, but did mention that part of it will include changes to the game’s facial lighting which can occasionally produce moments where characters’ faces look like they’re being lit by a torch while telling scary stories. “We have heard from players that in certain situations, the facial lighting makes some character shadows look very scary,” Hamaguchi revealed. “So that’s one part of the update that we are working on.”

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The Unreal Engine 4-based, PS5-exclusive game certainly does have some visual and technical pitfalls, which we noted in our review, but its balanced out nicely with best-in-class cutscene work, superb character models and some gorgeous vistas to soak in throughout.

Harry scored the game a huge 9/10, saying “Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is an immense and expansive middle chapter of this ambitious remake trilogy. A reimagined and redefined behemoth of a game that simultaneously plays on nostalgia and forces you to question your memories of the original. While it suffers from some rote open world elements and a few technical issues, Rebirth is another magnificent entry into the gilded halls of Final Fantasy.”