Final Fantasy VII Remake delayed until April for 'final polish'

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
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In June 2019, Square Enix announced a release date for Final Fantasy VII. It was set to launch on March 3 of this year, bringing a five-year wait to an end.

On Tuesday, the publisher tweeted that it has to push the game back abut a month to “apply final polish.”

“We are making this tough decision to deliver you with the best possible experience,” said FFVII Producer Toshinori Kitase. “I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as you know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.”

The apology was a bit unnecessary as gamers would usually rather wait than play a game that was rushed out the door. Fortunately, the set back is not too long. The new release date is April 10, so it is only about a month off schedule.

The decision to delay the game is probably sound, as the remake is not just a port of the original 1997 title with a new coat of paint. The episodic release has new bosses, environments, characters, and the story has been tweaked significantly to appeal to a modern audience — more or less a complete rebuild and reimagining of the much loved game.

As such, it has some big shoes to fill to satisfy fans of the original. Releasing something that is less than a stellar improvement over its predecessor is likely to be disastrous. Making sure it is up to snuff is vital for its success. However, the delay does have its pitfalls.

By pushing it back to April, Square Enix will be directly competing with CD Project Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, which debuts less than a week later on April 16. The Last of Us Part II, which was also pushed back, is in the pipe for May 29.

Both these games will be vying for their portion of the spring gaming pie, so early reviews of Final Fantasy VII will have to be spot-on to persuade gamers to dole out their cash for it. The standard release will be $60, while a digital deluxe version runs $80, There will even be an extremely expensive physical-disc "1st Class Edition" selling for $330 with collectable bells and whistles.

Here’s hoping the extra time makes for a bug-free and spectacular new Final Fantasy VII experience.

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ZedRM

TS Booster
When the whole game is available, I'll take a look. Not doing the "episodic release" nonsense. Didn't do it with StarCraft2 or any other games, not doing it here. Give us the whole game or push off Square.
Still my favorite FF, very excited for this!
The gameplay video that popped up on YouTube before Square shut them down where really impressive. FF7 was most definitely not my fav FF, but this looks good!
 

Puiu

TS Evangelist
As a fellow fan, so am I. I'm just praying it's not like the recent FF games.
I really like the changes they showed to the combat system and the rest looks above average (graphics, voice acting, animations, etc). As long as it's a decent game I will buy it.
 

kira setsu

TS Maniac
I'd love to play this game but it saddens me that at the ripe old age of 30 I'll probably be dead before the final chapter is released, well I've played the original enough to keep me happy!