Square-Enix has announced that it will be making some changes to its Final Fantasy VII Remake launch plans due to disruptions with its various distribution channels, meaning some people are likely to get the game before its official launch next week on April 10.
The company posted a statement on its Twitter page explaining that pre-orders in Europe and Australia will be shipping out early, but said it would be unable to make this change for every retailer who is carrying the game, so whether or not you get the game early may depend on where you actually made your purchase. If you’re not in either of these territories, tread carefully online, as spoilers are probably going to be coming around pretty soon.
Here’s the relevant text from Square’s announcement:
“We had some hard decisions to make during the final few weeks before launch due to disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch. So we made the decision to ship the game earlier than usual to Europe and Australia.”
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While Square has made the official announcement, this appeared to be happening even before the company told the public, as Eurogamer reports that copies have been showing up at people’s homes as early as Saturday. For the sake of those of us who live elsewhere, Square-Enix included a bit in its statement asking anyone who receives the game early to not post spoilers out of respect for everyone else. Which I’m sure everyone on the internet will gladly oblige, right?
“To everyone we would like to ask one big favour. If you get the game early, please think of others and don’t spoil it for them. We know there are potential spoilers that have been out there for over two decades as the original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997. But Final Fantasy VII Remake is a new game that still has many surprises for everyone. All our fans and players deserve to experience the game for themselves, and we ask for the support of our dedicated community around the world to ensure that.”
If you don’t think you’ll be getting the game until the Friday of next week, there’s still some spoiler-free content here for you on Fanbyte to check out. We spent three hours with Final Fantasy VII Remake earlier this month, and talked about it at length on a podcast, we also had a newcomer to the game play the demo (which is out now on PlayStation Network, by the way), and we talked our way through that particular angle in podcast form too.