Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth's open world is inspired by The Witcher 3 and Horizon

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth's Sephiroth looking at their hand in contemplation
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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth's open world is apparently inspired by Final Fantasy 15, Horizon, and The Witcher 3.

At Paris Games Week 2023 earlier this month, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth co-director Naoki Hamaguchi fielded questions from French outlet FF Dream about the upcoming game. When asked about Rebirth's open world, Hamaguchi began by saying Final Fantasy 15 gave the development team experience needed to work on Rebirth's open world.

Additionally, Hamaguchi also pointed to The Witcher 3 and the Horizon series for touchstones for Rebirth's open world. The co-director doesn't specifically point to Horizon Forbidden West as an inspiration for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, so don't automatically assume Square Enix is looking to the more recent of the two games for inspiration.

From the sounds of things, then, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is going to be a pretty huge game. Square Enix already revealed last month in October that it'll take around 40 hours to beat Rebirth, which already positions the new game as bigger than 2020's Remake, if you're going purely by the length of the main story and critical path.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth launches next year on February 29, 2024 as a PS5 exclusive. Just last week, Rebirth won the 'Most Wanted' prize at the Golden Joystick Awards 2023, beating out the likes of Death Stranding 2 and Hollow Knight Silksong, just in case you were wondering how many people out there are eagerly anticipating the new RPG. 

You can check out our big Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth preview for an in-depth look at what we made of the sequel when we played it for ourselves. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.