Having blocked the ability earlier this year, Square Enix has announced that the PS Plus version of Final Fantasy VII Remake will be allowed to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 this week. You will, of course, have had to redeem the game back in March to benefit.
Starting this Wednesday…
• Episode Intermission, the DLC featuring Yuffie Kisaragi, will be 25% off for a limited time! pic.twitter.com/mnkCIRR586
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) December 19, 2021
The FF7R PS5 upgrade will be made available on Wednesday 22nd December and, assuming that this mimics the regular upgrade process from the paid version of FF7R, the upgrade should be free. At the same time, the PS5-exclusive Episode Intermission DLC that stars Yuffie Kisaragi will have a 25% price cut for a limited period.
When Final Fantasy VII Remake was added to PlayStation Plus in March, Square Enix and Sony decided to restrict it to the PS4 version of the game and not allow users access to the free PS5 upgrade that was coming in June. That meant that, if you wanted to play with enhanced graphics or see the new Episode Intermission DLC, you would have to pay for the full game or the new Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade release. It’s a trick we’ve seen pulled with a few PS Plus games over the past year.
You don’t have to be too cynical to see the motivation behind the change, with Square Enix presumably having seen sales of the PS5 version and Yuffie DLC tail off and wanting to get more people to pay for Episode Intermission. Of course, it’s been long enough that FF7R has been in various sales on the PlayStation Store and I’m sure quite a few people now have buyers remorse over paying for the game in that time.
At least it feels like a big step forward for the game. In our Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade review, Nic wrote:
“You should absolutely get Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. It’s easy to be critical and nitpick, but it’s worth remembering we’re looking at the DLC for one of the best and most-loved games of the PS4. The PS5 upgrade for Intergrade looks and feels incredible, and the chance to play as Yuffie is warmly received, especially when she completely changes the tone to something more light-hearted. However, the DLC isn’t quite perfect and, despite the filler, it feels very short for its price, especially if you’re not interested in the side missions.”
Elsewhere, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now available on PC and, while we’ve seen some outlets run into difficulties with the port, Miguel had a great time exploring the game on a new platform – read his PC review here.