Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy VII Remake release date has been delayed by one month and a week. The timed exclusive for the PS4 has now been pushed back to April 10 of this year. Previously it was slated for March 3. The reason for the Final Fantasy VII Remake delay is to give developers extra time to deliver a game that’s up to fan expectations and Square Enix’s quality standards.
“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,” reads a post from Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase. “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.”
Kitase goes on to admit that this decision was not easy. No surprise when you consider that the initial March 3 release would be prior to Square Enix’s yearly financial results.
“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,”Kitase claims. “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.”
Previously, Final Fantasy VII Remake was in the news for a demo that leaked prior to an official reveal from Square Enix due to lax security on Sony’s servers. It contained unfinished assets and led to some sections of the Final Fantasy fandom to suggest the game wasn’t ready for prime time. While incomplete art finding its way onto a demo is nothing new, it’s not an indication of the game’s final quality either. Hopefully this extra polish means no huge day one patch as was the case for Final Fantasy XV.
This also means April looks a lot more crowded what with Cyberpunk 2077 also out in the same month. It’ll be interesting to see if Square Enix’s take on cyberpunk with Final Fantasy VII Remake can hold its own against CD Projekt Red’s ambitious RPG.