Final Fantasy fans have had the best couple of months. After years of speculation and hope, Final Fantasy VII Remake was finally revealed. The most popular Final Fantasy RPG is getting a multi-part release on the PS4, making the new series a completely redone retelling of the original story of Cloud, AVALANCHE and friends. There will be multiple games in the new series, with the first game having it’s focus set squarely on the first section of the game in Midgar.
There is some bad news this week though, as Square Enix has announced a change of plans. In an official announcement, Square Enix has revealed that the new remake of the classic RPG will be delayed. The game was originally set for release on March 3rd, but that’s obviously not happening now. Although it’s kind of a good thing in a manner of speaking, as this should result in a slightly more polished full game.
“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,” Square Enix said in a general press release. “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.”
This delay means that Final Fantasy VII Remake will have some strong problems to contend with in terms of competition. The new April 2020 release date puts it firmly in the same launch window as other AAA releases like Resident Evil 3‘s remake and Cyberpunk 2077. These other major titles will be pushing plenty of marketing to convince gamers to spend money on them, and Square Enix will have to spend their time and money pretty effectively to compete. Sure, millions of longtime PlayStation fans will be flocking into stores to grab the remake, but it will now be a much more intriguing end to Q1 2020.
And with Sony skipping E3 this year, and instead offering a month-long NYC event with tons of news and reveals slated, trying to draw fans in. Also, the new game will be a PS4 exclusive for some time after launch, before moving to other platforms. So if you’re really into the idea and don’t own a PS4, you have some time to pick one up.