Following the continued efforts to subdue COVID-19, Square has confirmed that some will be getting the Final Fantasy VII remake early. While the game itself is completed and ready to go, the concerns lie in the fact that the game's production is in China, which is still recovering from the initial outbreak.
Square Enix took to the game's official Twitter account to relay the latest update:
In the tweet above, the company started out with the usual message of hard work going into such a detailed endeavor and how they are proud of what players will be able to get their hands on. That being said, the studio has been impacted by the continued spread of the pandemic, which has caused them to rethink their launch schedule.
"We have had some hard decisions to make during the final weeks before launch due to disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. Our highest priority is that all of you, including those that 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."
They added, "As a result, there is a greater chance that some of you in these regions will now get a copy of the game prior to the worldwide release date of April 10. For other western regions, including the Americas, copies will be shipped this week and we feel optimistic that most of you will receive the game for launch day. However, due to the challenging situation, we cannot provide delivery dates for each country and each retailer."
They also added a plea to those that get the game early to please refrain from streaming and to refrain from sharing any massive spoilers until the rest of the world has had a chance to get down on the action.
You can learn even more about the upcoming remake with our Game Hub here before the Final Fantasy VII remake makes its official debut on April 10, 2020.