For a while now we’ve known that Square’s upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake will eventually be making the jump to other platforms.
However, given that VII made its spectacular debut on the original PlayStation back in 1997 (and Sony no doubt pulling some strings), the long awaited remake will come to PS4 first.
This exclusivity period was meant to expire in March 2021 though an updated version of the game’s box art confirms that this has now been extended. In the bottom corner we now see the words “PlayStation Exclusive – Timed Exclusive until 4/10/2021”.
It seems pretty obvious though this extension was due to Square Enix delaying Final Fantasy VII Remake, pushing it back a month from its intended March 3rd launch date. At the same time we also saw the publisher delay Marvel’s Avengers which will now release in September 2020.
Final Fantasy VII Remake producer, Yoshinori Kitase, recently addressed the delay, saying:
We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on. In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020.
We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience. I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.
Thank you for your patience and continued support
Square has yet to confirm which other systems Final Fantasy VII Remake will eventually appear on. However, it seems likely that an Xbox (Xbox One and Series X) version is in development alongside a PC release. It’s worth noting that this will be the first part in remake saga and will only cover the initial Midgar portion of Final Fantasy VII.