If you’ve pre-ordered (or are planning to order) a retail disc copy of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square might have something to say about that. Square Enix have confirmed that disruption to retail stores and global distribution channels may affect the amount of time it takes for the game to ship the game out. It’s already gone gold, and is due to release on April 10th for PS4. The remake had already seen numerous development delays since it was originally announced back in 2015.
Square Enix stated that Final Fantasy 7 Remake won’t be delayed beyond this date, saying that “the worldwide release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE on April 10 will go ahead.” But the publisher also cited “unforeseeable changes in the distribution and retail landscape” as why “it is increasingly likely that some of you will not get hold of your copy of the game on the release date.”
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) March 18, 2020
Given the impact of Covid-19 worldwide, this announcement isn’t surprising as retail stores and chains have been forced to close. With all this going on, it makes the option for buying the game digitally, without the hassle of waiting for a product that may not arrive with you by the time you’d expected slightly more appealing.
Square Enix added: “We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and working with our partners, retailers, and SQUARE ENIX teams across Europe and the Americas, to do everything we can to ensure as many of you as possible can play the game on April 10.”