It’s been so long since Square-Enix revealed the Final Fantasy VII Remake at Sony’s E3 press conference in 2015 that you might’ve forgotten that it was announced as a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4. Well now, thanks to an updated box art, we know just how long anyone who doesn’t own a PS4 will have to wait to play part one of the RPG.
Sony’s deal with Square-Enix to keep Final Fantasy VII Remake off other platforms seems to end exactly one year after the game launches on PlayStation 4 on March 3, according to a graphic on the game’s box art, which says the game is a timed exclusive until March 3, 2021.
A few things to keep in mind here, by this point both the next Xbox (or “Project Scarlett,” as we’re calling it right now) and the PlayStation 5 will be readily available, as both are projected to launch in the holiday season of 2020. While both of these are supposed to be backwards compatible with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, there’s always a possibility Square-Enix may opt to skip over Xbox One entirely and bring it to Project Scarlett. But usually it takes another year or two after a new console launch before developers and publishers abandon them, as the install base of the PS4 and Xbox One is going to greatly outsize their predecessors for years to come.
There’s also the question of a PC launch, which has historically had to wait several years before they ever see a Final Fantasy game come to somewhere like Steam or the Epic Game Store. Final Fantasy XV took almost two years to migrate from console to PC, so even when the exclusivity ends it might take a little longer to be able to play it with a mouse and keyboard. Unless Square decides to make Final Fantasy VII Remake the beginning of a new trend for the series where PC players get new games around the same time as everyone else. A Switch launch seems unlikely, short of Square ends up going the Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition route so it can run on the hardware.
Odds are we won’t hear any specific news until the exclusivity deal is nearly up, unless Square pulls a Kojima and announce it before it even launches on PS4.
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Whatever the case may be, no one’s playing the full Final Fantasy VII Remake any time soon, as Square-Enix is dividing it up into an undisclosed number of games. All we know at this point is part two is in active development, but given that part one took five years from announcement to launch, it’s likely far off, and maybe even on a completely different platform than part one.
Hopefully whenever it does come to other systems, Square-Enix has sorted out its pre-order policies and won’t be charging folks three months in advance, as that would once again land during the holidays when people need money for things that aren’t a figure of Cloud Strife on a sick motorcycle.