The news was revealed in a tweet from the official Final Fantasy 7 Remake account, which contained a formal message from Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura, two of the Remake project’s lead developers.
“Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decision to ship the game earlier than usual to Europe and Australia,” the statement reads.
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) March 30, 2020
This means that those of you in Europe and Australia waiting for your copy of Final Fantasy 7 Remake may receive the game earlier than the street date of April 10th, 2020.
The decision wasn’t taken lightly, and – as you may have surmised – it was made in response to “disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
The coronavirus pandemic has strained the global supply chain and estimates for delivery are becoming more haywire, which is why Square Enix has decided to send the game out now so it can meet the demand at launch.
As for fans in the Americas and other Western regions, Square Enix is optimistic that the game will arrive by launch day, though due to the “challenging situation” the company cannot provide data for every country and retailer.
To round off the statement, Kitase and Nomura asked fans not to spoil the game if they receive their copy early. “There are potential spoilers that have been out there for over two decades as the original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997… but Final Fantasy VII Remake is a new game that still has many surprises for everyone,” the statement reads.
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The developers asked for the support of the community that surrounds the game to ensure that nobody falls foul of stray spoilers. Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s street date was already broken this week, with fans posting pictures of their early copies of the games to Reddit. This is your fair warning – if you want to avoid Remake spoilers, go dark now! For more news on Final Fantasy 7 Remake, read our report on how the remake will show a different side to Cloud Strife. [poilib element=”accentDivider”]
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