I guess it’s safe to say Final Fantasy VII Remake was my favorite game of 2020. I may not have played the original but, like most gamers, I’m extremely familiar with its legacy and how it brought JRPGs to the mainstream and how it made the Final Franchise, a fairly unknown series in the West, super popular. I’m know how beloved the characters are and how it brought and still brings gamers to tears. I played the heck out of Final Fantasy VII Remake as I’ve sunk more than 100 hours into it, played through the story several times to get 100% completion. Suffice to say, I love Final Fantasy VII Remake.
So you can best your bottom dollar I’m super eager for any news or tidbit regarding when Square Enix will be releasing the next installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake. At the same time, however, I’m rather worried for the announcement because it might bring bad news for me. No, I’m not concerned if it’ll be delayed for an extra year or anything like that.
I’m dreadfully concerned Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 will not be available for PlayStation 4.
It may seem highly unlikely this will happen. The first part came on the PlayStation 4 and, in fact, that was the only way to play Final Fantasy VII Remake for the longest time. It took a whole year before Square Enix ported it over to the PlayStation 5 and PCs. Also, as most of the developmental tools used to make the game was specifically made for the PlayStation 4, it’s highly probable Square Enix are using the same tools to make Part 2.
When you think of it, it does seem doubtful they would do PlayStation 4 owners dirty and not give these people, the very same fans who made Final Fantasy VII Remake the smash hit it was, Part 2, right? Unfortunately, there’s a very big caveat as to why I’m extremely concerned the next installment will just be on PlayStation 5.
That caveat is Intergrade.
So, for those who aren’t in the know, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade was basically the original game but with an extra side story involving Yuffie and her previously unknown mission to infiltrate Midgard to get some secret materia from Shinra. This was a mission not previously seen even in the original Final Fantasy VII on the first PlayStation console. It wasn’t particularly long but it did show fans a little more backstory for Yuffie and even what we might expect in Part 2.
Unfortunately, the people who played it on PlayStation 4 couldn’t see any of that because it wasn’t available on PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade was a PlayStation 5 exclusive! Well, you could play Intergrade on PC as long as you have a decent enough setup to do so. However, my point is PlayStation 4 owners were left out from joining Yuffie’s secret mission. As of right now, there isn’t any news if Intergrade will make it to PlayStation 4, which is truly disappointing to people like me who only have a PlayStation 4 and a rinky-dink PC to play games on.
I also have to mention that it seems like Intergrade is the version of Final Fantasy VII Remake Square Enix always wanted to make. Despite the original Remake looking mighty fine on PlayStation 4, there were some hiccups to the entire experience, mainly the graphical fidelity of a lot of the backgrounds and textures. It’s a small miracle Final Fantasy VII Remake looks as good as it does on the PlayStation 4 but, in order to do that, they had to make some sacrifices, like using low-resolution images for some backgrounds and lowering the frame rate at times. The PlayStation 5 version apparently fixed a lot of these issues, as it uses better resolution textures and giving it a more solid framerate all throughout.
It’s great Square Enix tried to make Final Fantasy VII Remake look and play much better even if its not for PlayStation 4 users. However, it does make me more concerned that Square Enix will simply go straight to making Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 for the PlayStation 5 and not for the PlayStation 4. After all, why even bother making a lower rate version when you can make something as beautiful as you want? I mean, they must have seen how CD Projekt bungled the PlayStation 4 version of Cyberpunk 2077, correct? Even if it’s just a little bit worse, the higher ups at Square Enix might order the game to be developed to the highest quality to avoid any potential backlash.
If you ask me, there’s more than just a slim chance Square Enix will purely concentrate on developing Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 on the PlayStation 5 and not make a version for the PlayStation 4. The mere thought of that makes me really worried and frustrated because I don’t have either a PlayStation 5 nor a good enough PC. I haven’t even played Yuffie’s campaign on Intergrade yet because I don’t have any way to play it.
It’s not like I don’t want to. Trust me; I do. However, I simply am not willing to spend above the suggested retail price for a PlayStation 5 now. They’re still jacking up the prices here in the Philippines exorbitantly. I do have the money to buy it but I just don’t think it’s right for some idiot to benefit greatly from a shortage when that online reseller is part of the reason why there’s a shortage in the first place. I have half a mind to just get a really good PC but I just like playing on a video game console so much more because of its simplicity.
Now, I can skip Intergrade. I would rather play it as well but, if it’s just for the PlayStation 5 and if Square Enix won’t make a version for us loyal PlayStation 4 owners, so be it. All I want is to play the succeeding entry of Final Fantasy VII Remake on my PlayStation 5. I totally understand there’s no chance it’ll be as good as the PlayStation 5 version. I, along with the millions of PlayStation 4 owners, fully know this. However, I don’t want to say Square Enix owes us but they sort of do. We’re the ones who loved the game and we’re the ones who spent money when the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake was the only way to play it. Ignoring us just doesn’t seem fair, in my opinion.
So I guess I’ve made my argument, Square Enix. Please put Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 on the “dying” PlayStation 4. You know we’ll all buy it.
Do you think Square Enix will make a PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments section below!