As of this writing, Final Fantasy VII Remake technically doesn’t have any other platforms officially announced beyond PlayStation 4, where the game is a timed-exclusive for a year. But we do know it is coming elsewhere, as even boxed copies of the game have a sticker that says the game will renounce its Sony exclusivity on April 10 of next year. Well, thanks to a new trailer for the game, it seems like PC might be on a hypothetical list of platforms the RPG might be heading towards in a year’s time.
The video in question is a thank you message from the game’s producer Yoshinori Kitase. While the message is nice, what sticks out here is that the moment footage from the game starts to overlay his words, the fine print at the bottom of the screen says this gameplay is captured on a PC.
Normally that wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, because as powerful as a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro are, a PC can reliably pump out the best-looking version of pretty much any game. But considering there’s not been any official word of a PC port, this is the first hint Square-Enix has given about where Final Fantasy VII Remake will eventually end up. See for yourself in the trailer below:
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What does this mean for an eventual Xbox One port? Hard to say at this point, but several Final Fantasy games have made their way to Microsoft’s console, even if there’s been a wide gap between them and any PlayStation version. For example, the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster launched in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Around a year and a half later it came to PlayStation 4, then Steam followed after another year in 2016. But it wasn’t until last year that the collection made its way to Xbox One. Whether Final Fantasy VII Remake will follow a similar pattern is unclear at this point, but it’s something to keep in mind when you consider when and where you want to play the remake.
Final Fantasy VII Remake’s PlayStation 4 timed-exclusivity has been a known factor since the game was announced at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. But there are still a few unknowns surrounding the deal, as the game is actually part one of multiple installments that make up the full Final Fantasy VII Remake. Will all of these parts be made for PlayStation 4 first, or should we expect to see part two launch on PlayStation 5? It’s worth considering, since that console is only a few short months away, unless it’s impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and gets delayed out of its holiday window.
Also worth noting that we don’t even know how many installments Square-Enix has planned, so we could be waiting for the full Final Fantasy VII Remake story for several more years.