Is Final Fantasy 7 Remake Getting Delayed Due To The Coronavirus?

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most anticipated games of 2020, and the demo dropping at the beginning of March only served to increase the hype. The game was set to be released on April 10th, but with the quick spread of the coronavirus and the outrage over video game stores remaining open during the pandemic, there have been questions on if the release of the remake will stay on schedule. 

Fortunately, an official statement from Square Enix revealed that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date will not be pushed back, for both digital and physical releases, but that there is no guarantee that physical copies of the game will make their way to consumers on April 10th due to store closures and deliveries being backed up.

This will impact both the standard and Deluxe Edition versions of the game, as many retail stores will have closed for safety measures; many areas in North America only have “essential services” to remain open (which, sadly, video games are not.)

The coronavirus has already impacted the gaming world in a big way, with Valve selling far fewer VR headsets than they anticipated due to supply chains being hampered by the pandemic. This comes at an unfortunate time, as the recently released Half-Life Alyx by Valve has earned critical acclaim and has been called a landmark achievement in VR gaming.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be the next in a lineup of major game releases, with Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons dropping last weekend. April 10th will be the release of the first “episode” of Final Fantasy 7, with the next installment slated for a March 2021 release.

The game will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 until at least March 2021, where it will likely see ports to Xbox as well as PC.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake can be downloaded digitally via the PlayStation Store.