Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth might be the series’ last PS5 exclusive

Square Enix has revealed plans to release its future AAA games on more platforms than PlayStation, which could bring an end to Final Fantasy's PS5 exclusivity.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth might be the series’ last PS5 exclusive
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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Unless there's a secret exclusivity deal that has yet to be revealed, it looks like those Final Fantasy VII Rebirth trophies will be the last to launch exclusively on PlayStation. Square Enix's new business plan suggests the publisher is pulling away from any future Final Fantasy PS5 exclusivity, with its upcoming PS5 games also set to launch on rival gaming platforms as well.

Final Fantasy's PlayStation exclusivity has seemingly run its course

The update comes via Square Enix's financial report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024 — a year that saw the release of two major Final Fantasy PS5 exclusives with Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. While sales of both games helped contribute to a 1% increase in net sales for the company, operating income — in short, the profit the company actually makes from selling those games — was down 26.6%, prompting a change in strategy at Square Enix.
In a section detailing how it intends to diversify its earning opportunities, Square Enix revealed a "shift to a multiplatform strategy." This shift would see Square Enix "aggressively" adopting "a multiplatform strategy that includes Nintendo platforms, PlayStation, Xbox, and PCs." This strategy shift will apply to "HD titles" and "major franchises and AAA titles" — a group that undoubtedly includes Final Fantasy, the company's flagship franchise.

Basically, despite strong sales being highlighted for both its PS5 exclusive Final Fantasy games last year, it seems they weren't strong enough to offset the rising cost of development and advertising. Thus, Square Enix will no longer be promising any further PS5 exclusives in a bid to ensure its games reach as many players as possible at launch.
Should this multiplatform shift take effect immediately, that would leave Final Fantasy VII Rebirth as the last game in the franchise to launch as a PS5 exclusive. While previous reports have suggested that Sony's exclusivity deal with Square Enix includes the upcoming third game in the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy, those reports were later backtracked, leaving the game's PS5 exclusivity unconfirmed.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth deserves a wider audience

For PS5 users, this news will likely come as a bit of a blow, although not a surprising one if you've been watching Sony and Square Enix's divide widening over Visions of Mana. Divisive as both Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Final Fantasy XVI were for some fans, these AAA games certainly helped keep the PS5's new game lineup looking lively in a year with shockingly few PS5 exclusives.
It's also a little sad that we might not see the next Final Fantasy VII game launching as a PS5 exclusive. For me, these games in particular feel spiritually at home on PlayStation. Saying that, one wish I had after writing my Final Fantasy VII Rebirth review was that as many people as possible would check this delightfully weird game out. Multiplatform is definitely the way to accomplish that dream, so I'm firmly behind Square Enix's strategy shift here.

Let's hope more gamers get to check out some of the best PS5 games around in the next few years. While we all want more PS5 exclusives, it's a small price to pay to keep Final Fantasy games as big and expensive as they have been lately. What do you think about Square Enix's strategy change? Let us know down in the comments.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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