During Sony's recent State of Play event, it was revealed that a PlayStation 5 port of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be launching later this year.
Despite bringing improved visuals and frame rates, it won't be until part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake that we will really see the game take advantage of the next-gen hardware as it will be built around it.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
It was announced that Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade would be coming to PS5 on June 10th 2021.
This new port brings improved visuals, frame rate, textures and other improvements to the game, as well as a DLC chapter that will focus on Yuffie and her adventures in Midgar.
The game will take advantage of the DualSense's adaptive triggers, something that is common in other PS5 ports, however, DualSense haptics and 3D audio won't be supported according to the games' director Tetsuya Nomura
In an interview with Famitsu, Nomura spoke about what to expect in Part 2 and how it will be developed with the next-gen hardware in mind.
“In terms of graphics, lighting and textures are the main adjustments [in Intergrade], but environmental effects such as fog have also been added to further enhance the sense of realism and immersion in the world.
As for adaptive triggers, they are partially supported. However, in terms of using all of the features of PlayStation 5, please wait for the next game where we can start from scratch."
The PlayStation 5 is still a new system, having only released in November 2020.
As with any new generation of consoles, it takes time for developers to unlock the true potential of the system.
So, by the time Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is released, developers should be able to utilize the hardware to the fullest extent.
So far news on Part 2 has been lacking, with Square-Enix not giving away many details.
We do know that it will continue to detail the events of the game after Midgar, but until what point remains unclear.
It is possible that the game will follow up until the events of the end of disc 1 in the original, I won't give spoilers away for the few that might not have played the original.
Xbox and PC Ports
Final Fantasy 7 Remake has so far remained a PlayStation exclusive.
However, it is believed that the game is only a timed exclusive for one year, meaning that from April Square-Enix are free to release the game on other systems.
After April we can expect to see an announcement for an Xbox and PC port, although this hasn't, been confirmed yet.