Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Be A One Year Timed Exclusive on PlayStation 4
The timed exclusivity window for Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 has been revealed and it is about what you'd expect.
When Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced back in 2015 it was said that the game would be coming first to PlayStation 4. It wasn’t until July earlier this year where developer Square Enix stated that there are “No plans for other platforms,” making it seem that the remake is actually a permanent PS4 exclusive. While that has led to some confusion to consumers and industry folk alike, we now know that Final Fantasy VII Remake is indeed coming to other platforms, but it will be at least a year after it’s March 3, 2020 release date.
Final Fantasy VII Remake box art updated with timed exclusive disclaimer – until March 3, 2021 pic.twitter.com/IGL0f5dbBb
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Square Enix released the official box art for the game back in September replicating the iconic cover from the original back on the first PlayStation. The box art has now been updated with a disclaimer on the front specifying that the title will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 until March 3, 2021. This will give the platform a full year of access at the very least before (presumably) Xbox One owners will be able to get their hands on the game. However, this does not confirm that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release exactly one year later.
The exclusivity comes to no surprise, the bulk of the news specifically pertains to how long the deal will last. This isn’t the first time a platform has gotten a year timed exclusivity deal either. Rise of the Tomb Raider first released on Xbox One before coming to PS4 one year later. I think this is a big get for Sony with Final Fantasy VII being such a beloved game and its history with the platform. It will be interesting to see how well it performs on Xbox in 2021 especially with the PS5 and Project Scarlett releasing beforehand. While it has already been confirmed that Project Scarlett will be backward compatible I wonder if the new generation of consoles will hold the game back come 2021. I personally, will be looking forward to playing it on both platforms.
Final Fantasy VII Remake releases on March 3, 2020, exclusively on PlayStation 4. You can pre-order the game right now on Amazon.