The original Final Fantasy VII, released in 1997, is a classic epic told across three PlayStation discs. Final Fantasy VII Remake is a modern retelling that sets out to expand the universe by involving many of the side stories once known collectively as "The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII" while also weaving in new narrative threads.
Despite only venturing to Midgar in Final Fantasy Remake Part 1, the narrative additions seen could lead to ginormous alterations in the sequel. Where will the inevitable Part 2 take us? Will the sequel take years to develop? How many entries in the FF7 Remake series will there be? Can we expect a big Avengers: Endgame-y brawl at the end? Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.
When is the FF7 Remake Part 2 release date?
Part 1 of FF7 Remake was slightly delayed from March 3 to April 10. Then Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda confirmed in late February that the delay would not impact the release timeline for the next installment, which is a good sign that development on Part 2 is proceeding as planned. With no confirmed release date, there's no way to know when Part 2 will be released, but we can look to another Final Fantasy release for an idea.
Based on the similarly scaled, Final Fantasy XIII, we can likely expect the follow-up to launch 1-2 years after the first part. FFXIII encompassed three separate entries that were released over the course of four years, so we might be looking at a similar timeline here. The first FFXIII was released in 2009 followed by sequels in 2011 and 2014. Unlike the FF7 Remake, development on the follow-up titles didn’t begin until after each of the previous games was released.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed in June 2019 that planning had already begun on the second part. Director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed via a blog post that development was in full swing by November 2019. This was doubly confirmed in July 2020.
We learned a bit more about the scope of additional parts from the FF7 Remake Ultimania guide, released in April 2020. Nomura stated in the guide that he wants future parts out "ASAP." To achieve this, he's considering altering the size of future installments based on what the covered story section requires. Some releases might be smaller, more intimate additions, perhaps similar in size to an FFXV DLC. Other additions could be more comparable to FFVII Remake Part 1.
With all of this in mind, it seems possible that FF7 Remake Part 2 will likely be released at least a year after the first, which means the best-case scenario is March or April 2021, but more likely Fall 2021. Presumably, the sequel would release as a PlayStation exclusive shortly after FF7 Remake Part 1 launches on Microsoft owned platforms.
What is the FF7 Remake Part 2 story?
FF7 Remake's credits roll when the party leaves Midgar. In the original title, this was when Final Fantasy VII transitioned to an open-world, globe-trotting adventure. You'd venture to different towns and cities and uncover the world's hidden history with some focus on Cloud's past. Persuing Sephiroth was your active goal, but you'd continue to thwart Shinra's nefarious corporate plans, too. The most likely possibility is that the second FF7 Remake game will end where the original's first disc concludes in the Forgotten City.
Don’t expect the sequel to ape for FF7's original story. FF7 Remake Part 1 expands upon the original a great deal, even introducing new characters and enhancing the roles of smaller characters. Expect future entries to pull heavily from FF7's Compilation that includes the animated movie Advent Children, some written works, and other spin-off games like Crisis Core.
Everyone's favorite new character, Roche, is almost certainly going to return for the sequel.
In July 2020, Kitase was asked if Part 2 would continue to veer off narrative course from the original Final Fantasy VII. Kitase didn't provide a straight answer to the question but affirmed that Sephiroth would remain a major player in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake project.
"In the original game, Sephiroth did not make an appearance in the section of the story told but we changed it to have him appear from the start, in order to position him playing an important role over the whole of the Remake project. Sephiroth plays a major part in the ongoing story of the next game," said Kitase. While we don't have a firm idea on plot, Sephiroth having a presence throughout the next game is different enough from the original.
In a different July 2020 interview, Kitase implies there will be narrative upheavals in later games. "I’m sure there are people who wish to experience the exact same story and relive memories. However, if we were to do that, then all we would be doing is just adding to the original experience, which would cause the Remake to lose its significance." Kitase continues, "The new FFVII story has only just begun."
This is a significant change from Kitase's previous statements on FF7 Remake's faithfulness to the original.
"We’re not drastically changing the story and making it into something completely different than the original," Kitase claimed in FF7 Remake Ultimania.
It could be FF7 Remake's team was still figuring out where the story would go when Kitase's Ultimania claims were made. Nomura later expressed confidence about his grasp on the overall story in July 2020.
Will FF7 Remake Part 2 have any new features?
Judging from the original saga, players will gain access to a host of new vehicles as the game(s) progress. Players will almost definitely get Chocobos, the ridable avians that appear in every Final Fantasy game. There's also a Buggy car that players will drive around in, along with the Tiny Bronco airplane that can only fly in shallow water, effectively functioning as a boat. At one point, the player gets full control over an airship, but that probably won't happen until later entries in the Remake series.
Will FF7 Remake Part 2 have new party members?
If this covers the story portions we're currently expecting, you should meet all of the original party members by the end of FF7 Remake Part 2. Red XII, who only appears as a "guest character" in FF7 Remake, should join your party right at the beginning of the second entry. Players should encounter remaining party members like Yuffie Kisaragi, Cait Sith, Vincent Valentine, and Cid Highwind in the sequel.
But again, there's no official word on where Part 2 might end, so all of this remains pure speculation until we know the sequel's scope.
Is FF7 Remake Part 2 a DLC?
No! Each part, including FFVII Remake Part 2, will be standalone games.
Will the FF7 Remake end with Part 2?
No, probably not. As we noted earlier, the original Final Fantasy VII was released on three discs. The FF7 Remake Part 1 is said to conclude when the gang leaves Midgar, which occurs less than halfway through Disc 1. Part 2 will likely close out Disc 1’s narrative content, which means we could be looking at five or more entire games in the series at large.
Nomura believes that subsequent parts might vary in size. Final Fantasy VII Remake's producer, Yoshinori Kitase, knows that many suspect the story to be told over three parts. Kitase debunked that notion in Ultimania, where he said there's currently no firm grasp on the series' endpoint. In July 2020, Nomura expressed confidence that they might be able to determine the final sum of parts once the next installment releases.
MAJOR SPOILERS for Final Fantasy VII Remake follow.
How does FF7 Remake connect to the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII?
Final Fantasy VII Remake was confirmed by Nomura to be the fifth entry to the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
In Ultimania, Normua officially labeled the FFVII Remake series as the fifth part in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII Remake's 2020 title included characters from the Compilation like Kyrie Canaan and Leslie Kyle, who both appear in the light novel, The Kids Are Alright, which was penned Kazushige Nojima, who helped write FF7 Remake.
There were more subtle hints to The Compilation. The Shinra Test Site that you explored was called a DEEPGROUND, a label that was introduced in the Dirge of Cerberus.
The triad of Whispers fought in Chapter 18 (Rubrum, Virdi, and Croceo) are implied by the Ultimania guide to be Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo from Advent Children. In the film, which takes place after the original Final Fantasy VII, they're remnants of Sephiroth's will, effectively his children. This is reinforced by Whisper Croceo's special attack "Velvet Nightmare," which shares its name with Yazoo's gun from the film.
When scaling Shinra HQ, you run into a man from Cloud's past, who tells the blond "EX-Soldier" that he's going to get Kunsel. If you've played the PSP prequel, Crisis Core, you'll recognize Kunsel as Zack Fair's commanding officer.
Is Zack alive in FF7 Remake Part 2?
In FF7 Remake's closing scenes, Zack Fair is revealed to have survived his previously fatal attack. FF7 Remake Ultimania implies that the Zack who survived is one from an alternate timeline, using the alternate representation of Stamp the dog as proof. In a July 2020, Naoki asks fans to pay close attention to the Stamp seen in Zack's timeline, further cementing that he's from an Alternate Universe. This is Zack's profile in the book refers to him in both present and past tense, further confusing the situation.
FF7 Remake Part 2 is currently in development.