Square Enix have announced there may be a delay in the physical version of Final Fantasy VII Remake for some, due to the coronavirus.
Speaking via the official Twitter account, Square Enix stated the following.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances the world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to update you on how this will impact the forthcoming release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.
Our priority is the wellbeing and safety of our fans and customers, taking into account the regional government and World Health Organization advice.
The Worldwide release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE on April 10 will go ahead. However, with the unforeseeable changes in the distribution and retail landscape which varies across countries, it is increasingly likely that some of you will not get hold of your copy of the game on the release date.
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.
We want to keep you updated ahead of the release and intend to post again this Friday, March 20 with any further news. So please contact our SQUARE ENIC Store Customer Service teams or your relevant retailer for more information on availability in your region.”
It is unlikely for there to be any delay in digital versions of the game. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
In case you missed it, you can find new details on the game here.
The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19 officially, and Chinese Flu unofficially) has affected many worldwide, from businesses with offices in China, Japan, and public gatherings and events. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7].
This includes the postponement and cancellation of GDC and E3 2020 respectively. At this time, Gamescom 2020 is still being prepared, with organizers monitoring local regulations and the virus’ spread.
The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering are mapping the virus’ spread [1, 2]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 210,000 confirmed cases worldwide, and over 8,700 deaths. Over 83,000 people have made a “total recovery.” On March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak “can be categorized as a pandemic.”
Final Fantasy VII Remake launches April 10th on PlayStation 4. The console exclusivity ends April 4th, 2021.