If you’ve pre-ordered (or are planning to order) a retail disc copy of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, we may have some bad news for you. Square Enix has confirmed that disruption to retail stores and global distribution channels may affect the amount of time it takes for the game to ship to you.
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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.”
However, 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.”
Release update information. #FF7R pic.twitter.com/oZ6XXBX5hRMarch 18, 2020
Let's get digital
Given the impact of Covid-19 worldwide, this announcement isn’t surprising as retail stores and chains have been forced to close. That's including Microsoft stores.
It does, however, make a renewed argument 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 – especially given the lack of certainty over how long those delays might be.
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.”
The current release slate for 2020 games seems increasingly uncertain, though, as more developers implement remote working, and the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X seem less and less likely to meet their late 2020 release date. We'll keep you updated when we know more.