PlayStation Plus subscribers can upgrade Final Fantasy VII Remake to its PS5 version starting December 22

Square Enix has announced that active PlayStation Plus members who redeemed Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 as part of the subscription service can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free, starting on December 22, 2021.

However, this free upgrade does not include Episode Intermission, the newly added chapter featuring Yuffie Kisaragi. Those wanting to purchase that individually can do so for 25% off ($15 instead of $20) until January 7, 2022. Also, as far as fine print goes, you have to maintain an active subscription to PlayStation Plus to be able to play Final Fantasy VII Remake or Episode Intermission if obtained in this manner.

Square Enix outlined what's new in the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake below, as well as what you can expect in Episode Intermission.


What’s included in the PS5 version of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE?

The power of the PS5 means that the game has never run smoother, played better or looked prettier.

Here’s just a brief rundown of the improvements the next-gen version has to offer:

  • Improved textures and lighting - Midgar is crisper and more detailed than on PS4. New textures, a new lighting system and improved background elements mean you can experience the City of Mako in its true (slightly dystopian) glory!

  • Graphics Mode - choose this option if you want prioritize crystal clear 4K resolution graphics and see the game at its absolute prettiest.

  • Performance Mode - choose this setting to experience smooth action at 60 frames per second. For what it’s worth, it’s my preferred way to play.

  • DualSense™ wireless controller support - battles are more immersive thanks to haptic feedback integration. You’ll really feel the throttle through the adaptive triggers in the bike sections!

  • Faster loading times - you can load any chapter or save in literal seconds. It’s glorious!

  • New difficulty settings - ‘Classic Mode’ can now be used on normal difficulty. This makes the computer take control of character movement and basic attacks, allowing you to focus on commands in a playstyle that hearkens back to the original FINAL FANTASY VII.

  • Photo Mode - you can express your inner artist or just capture and share memorable moments with the customizable photo mode. Hold on, is this an opportunity for me to see my favorite moments anytime? I do believe it is!


Please note that the upgrade from PS4 to PS5 does not include the FF7R EPISODE INTERmission DLC. That must be purchased separately once you have claimed your upgrade… and it’s well worth it for reasons I will now explain:

What is FF7R EPISODE INTERmission?

In this expansion episode, players take control of Wutai ninja Yuffie Kisaragi on a dangerous mission to steal the ultimate materia from Shinra.

It introduces new characters, new gameplay including the ability to synergise attacks with a partner, new minigames (Fort Condor is amazing!) and more!

If you’re a fan, it really is a must-play. If you joined the FINAL FANTASY family with FINAL FANTASY REMAKE, you’ll get to see who Yuffie is and why she’s such a beloved character. If you played the original RPG… well, we probably had you at ‘Yuffie’.


If you want to give it a go, this month is a perfect time to get it. Between December 22 2021, and January 7, 2022, it’ll be on sale on the PlayStation Store, with up to 25% off.

Get FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE (up to 25% off between December 22, 2021 and January 7, 2022)