Earlier this week, Square-Enix said it would be shipping copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake early due to concerns about shipping and distribution channels being disrupted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This was specifically in Europe and Australia, where fans are already posting images of their early copies online. While some fans have been holding out hope that this could at least result in digital copies of the RPG coming out early on PlayStation Network, Square-Enix has squashed that particular possibility.
In a post on the company’s support website, a Square representative said that unlocking the game through the PlayStation storefront would basically be a logistical nightmare, probably to do with backend things none of us as consumers ever see.
The full statement reads as follows:
“While we understand the frustration of seeing the game for sale in some locations, the bulk of our shipments to retailers around the globe are still scheduled to arrive in stores for our April 10 street date. Also, changing the digital release date at this point-in-time could lead to logistical issues that could disrupt the digital launch for everyone. Therefore, we will be adhering to an April 10 digital release date. Thank you for your understanding.”
Basically, this isn’t as simple as flipping a switch over at Square or Sony’s offices, so those of us who either aren’t in Europe or Australia or bought copies digitally will just have to be patient, for the time being.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake is just a week away now, but anyone who exists in the online world can tell you a lot can happen in a week, especially when it comes to spreading new information or spoilers for a game that the majority of the public can’t play yet. While Square-Enix asked fans who get their early copies to avoid posting any spoilers online, there’s always some bad seed out there who is ready to post spoilers in the comments section or by name searching tweets. So be vigilant out there, friends.
Not that Square-Enix has been gun shy about putting a ton of information out there in the form of promotional material, as the newest trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake that launched today is pretty well packed with big reveals. Watch that at your own risk:
Final Fantasy VII Remake’s weird launch has been just the latest example of the coronavirus pandemic interfering with the industry at large. Just yesterday, Sony announced that it would be delaying major games like The Last of Us: Part II and Iron Man VR out of May due to the virus complicating their worldwide launches. Neither game has a new release date at this time.
If you’re one of the unlucky souls who hasn’t been able to get their hands on a early copy of Final Fantasy VII Remake, you can check out our coverage of the game to whet your appetite, like our preview from playing three hours of the game.