A next-gen upgrade of last year’s Final Fantasy 7 remake, titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, is now available from the PlayStation 5 store. Taking up 81.3GB worth of storage, this polished version of the remake introduces various quality of life improvements, enhanced visual textures, stable performance of 60 frames per second, and a photo mode.
It also comes with a brand-new piece of downloadable content (DLC) revolving around the character of Yuffie. Absent from last year’s release, this shuriken-wielding thief was an easily missed part of the original Final Fantasy VII back in 1997 but has since evolved into a fan-favorite thanks to her mischievous personality. As such, gamers are excited for her overdue return in the Intermission expansion (stylized at InterMISSION), which sees her infiltrating the Shinra building in order to steal a magical substance known as ”materia.”
How to Access Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Depending on how you purchased last year’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, if you did at all, you may have to follow different steps in order to get your hands on the next-gen upgrade. The criteria are summarised on the game’s product page in the PlayStation store but it is quite wordy, so we have prepared this abridged guide.
If you previously paid to download the PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, then you simply need to navigate to the PlayStation store. From there, look for the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade page and select the ”Free PS5 Upgrade” option on the far left.
Likewise, if you own a PS4 copy on physical media, then all you need to do is insert that disc into your PS5 console and follow the same steps outlined above. Those who have Final Fantasy VII Remake on disc but own a digital edition of the PS5 will unfortunately be ineligible for the update.
Another caveat that may prevent you from getting the free upgrade is that you must have originally paid for Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4. This means that if you obtained the game as a freebie through a PlayStation Plus membership, then you will have to pay for Intergrade as if were a whole new release. Obviously, this also applies to those who never owned the game in the first place.
- If you purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4, you will qualify for the free PS5 update.
- If you have a disc version of Final Fantasy VII Remake but only a digital edition PS5, then you will need to buy Intergrade at $69.99.
- If you obtained Final Fantasy VII Remake through a PlayStation Plus membership, then you will have to buy Intergrade at $69.99.
- If you have never owned Final Fantasy VII Remake, you will need to buy Intergrade at the full price of $69.99.
How to Access the New Yuffie DLC
There are also multiple ways to obtain the standalone episode. If you are buying Intergrade from scratch, then the DLC will automatically be packaged with it, no matter which bundle you choose. Incidentally, if you do go for the $89.99 digital deluxe edition, then you will also be given a digital artbook and digital mini soundtrack.
Meanwhile, if you claimed Intergrade for free, then you will need to purchase Yuffie’s DLC separately through the PlayStation store. It costs $19.99. and the general consensus is that you will get 4-5 hours’ worth of content for your money.
At the time of writing, only those in possession of a Sony console will be able to play Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. This is because, much like the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, it is a timed exclusive for PlayStation.