How to Download & Play the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo

After it was accidentally announced early, players can’t wait to get their hands on the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo.

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PlayStation fans worldwide are incredibly excited for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. The game is the second entry in Square Enix’s remake/reimagining of the most beloved Final Fantasy game, and fans can try it out early through the demo.

Ever since it was first released in 1997, Final Fantasy 7 has engrossed millions with its powerful blend of cyberpunk world-building, an immersive story that keeps people guessing until the very end, and the core JRPG mechanics that lie at the heart of every Final Fantasy game. Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth brings the colossal open world of Midgar to life like never before, and thanks to an early demo, players can experience a portion of it for themselves ahead of the game’s official release.

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When is the Release Date for the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo?

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The release date for the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo is February 6, 2024, at some point after 11:30PM GMT/15:30 PM PT. This is when the State of Play event for the game, which was announced last week, starts, and the demo is expected to be revealed as part of it. The demo is now available on the PlayStation Store, which we can confirm because we’ve just downloaded it.

If players see an error while trying to download the demo, they should try to download it repeatedly until it works. The only error that might occur is caused by too many people accessing the files at once.

The reason we knew about the demo ahead of time is because it was accidentally revealed on the PlayStation Store. Twitter user Wario64 caught the video and shared it with their followers, meaning every Final Fantasy fan around the world now knows a demo is on the way.

The demo will allow players to take on the role of either Cloud or Sephiroth as they progress through the Nibelheim episode and a portion of the open world of Midgar. At launch, the demo will only feature Sephiroth’s section, but a new section with Cloud will be added on February 21, 2024.

How to Download the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo

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To download the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo, players must launch the PlayStation Store on PS5, search for “Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth“, and then choose the demo option from their search results. It’s also possible to download this demo from the main game page by clicking the Three Dots Button for more versions and selecting the demo from the dropdown list.

Do You Get Bonuses From the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo in the Main Game?

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Yes, players who download and play the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo can claim a Kupo Charm, the Survival Set, and can skip a section of the main game when it’s released.

Anyone who plays the demo and has a save file from it when they play the full version of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth can get the Kupo Charm, which is an accessory that increases the number of resources extracted, and the Survival Set, which is a selection of items to aid players in their journey, including Potions and Ethers.

For those who also have a save file from the Junon area, which will be added to the demo on February 21, 2024, to the full game’s release, that section of the main game can be skipped when players get into it.

Can You Download the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo Early?

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No, there’s no way to download the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo early. While the demo was accidentally revealed before the game’s State of Play on February 6, 2024, there’s no store listing that we can find that allows players to get it before the event.

Does Progress From the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo Carry Over to the Full Game?

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No, progress from the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo doesn’t carry over to the main game. The demo features two snippets of story from different points in the game, so it wouldn’t make sense for progress to carry over because there’s no coherence to that. Instead, the demo is a great way to try out the game early.

Fans who want to learn more about Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth before its release should read our preview of the game. We had the privilege of playing it early and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as hardcore Final Fantasy fans, though anyone could lose themselves quite happily in this game.