Final Fantasy VII Remake gets new release date after delay

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Square Enix has announced the delay of Final Fantasy VII Remake to allow for more polish on the highly anticipated game.

It was a day of rough news for Square Enix today as the publisher announced not one, but two delays. As we reported earlier, Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers has been pushed back four months. In addition, Final Fantasy VII Remake has also been delayed.

The highly anticipated remake of the beloved role-playing game from 1997 was supposed to release on March 3, 2020. However, to allow for more polish and to ensure the best possible experience, Square Enix has decided to push its release back a month. Final Fantasy VII Remake will now arrive on April 10, 2020.

An official message from producer Yoshinori Kitase on behalf of the development team was posted on the Square Enix website. It’s pretty much PR jargon, but check it out below.

"“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. 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.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. 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”"

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I have the same mentality with this delay as I do with Marvel’s Avengers — or any other game delay for that matter. It’s better to delay a game and ensure it is the best that it can be than to rush it out the studio half-broken. As the wise Shigeru Miyamoto once said: “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

I don’t know if there is a game this year more anticipated this year than Final Fantasy VII Remake. The original is one of the most beloved games ever created and you can bet there’s an immense amount of pressure on the development team to deliver a remake that does it justice.

As a reminder, the Final Fantasy VII Remake is a complete remake of the original, not just some port or hi-definition re-release. There is additional content, redesigned characters and new mechanics that modernize the game.

But it’s also not the full game. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released in episodic installments; however, each episode will be roughly the size of a full-fledged AAA game. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on April 10, 2020, for PlayStation 4.