The recent reveal of a PS5 version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake along with a next-gen exclusive DLC might be a mixed bag for some players who are still waiting for the second part to release. For one, the fact that the upcoming Yuffie DLC is exclusive to PS5 might be setting a precedent for the rest of the remake as Square Enix begins shifting focus towards developing on the new console.
In the case of players who have already made the transition to PS5, the rest of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake being exclusive to the new system should be a complete positive. However, considering the barrier to entry that comes from both the difficulty some fans continue to face trying to find a storefront that isn't sold out, as well as the cost of the system itself, not everyone is in the same boat.
The unfortunate result is that some fans, who would absolutely want to buy the next part on release, or even just Final Fantasy 7 Remake's PS5 update will be locked out since they don't have the right console. This isn't even a new issue for Square Enix, or other developers creating new content during either the cross-generation era or mobile platforms. So, while there are tons of benefits that can come from dedicating future games in the series to the most powerful consoles on the market, there is a fairly drastic downside as well.
Keeping games as console exclusives, especially for PS4 and PS5, has become somewhat of a heavy topic to cover in recent years, as more and more titles make the jump over to more broadly available platforms. There's a lot that can be said about the value of exclusivity deals, especially for smaller developers that are given incentives to go exclusive on specific storefronts, but also for larger studios handling big-money projects. Having an exclusive platform with Sony generally means extra funding that might not have happened if Square Enix had distributed Final Fantasy 7 Remake more widely, which then means that players can get a more polished product in the end.
Of course, the flip side of this is that there shouldn't be anything legally stopping a developer like Square Enix from expanding that exclusivity deal to the two current consoles that Sony owns. So, with Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 acting as a sequel, or more accurately the continuation of the already incomplete story, there shouldn't be too much in the way of keeping the releases on the same console. That being said, making the next game in the series a PS5 exclusive means no need for a next-gen update at a later date, and the title can be designed with the new hardware in mind from the ground up.
The simple act of transferring the current Final Fantasy 7 Remake to PS5 is already bringing a host of visual from what was already one of the best looking games of 2020. If that's the case, then it makes complete sense to start work on the next part in the series with these upgrades in mind and go for the highest quality available right from the start. As players have seen in the difference between games that optimize for next-gen only versus those that try to go for both, jumping into PS5 alone is always going to be the better option.
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