PS4 exclusivity for Final Fantasy 7 Remake will now last to April 2021

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Update: It looks like the time exclusivity for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is also getting delayed. New box art for the game has surfaced on Amazon with a new PlayStation exclusivity window running to April 10, 2021. That means that the remake will remain exclusive to PS4 for a year, as it's due to launch in 2021

Square-Enix has yet to confirm what other platforms Final Fantasy 7 Remake would launch for when it's timed exclusivity is up, but a PC port seems likely, and with Final Fantasy 15 having just landed on Xbox Game Pass, could we see the remake also head to Xbox One or Xbox Series X? Fingers crossed we find out sooner rather than later. 

Original: Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been delayed and will now release on April 10, 2020.

The official Twitter account for the remake posted the news with a message from Final Fantasy 7's producer Yoshinori Kitase. 

"We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience," Kitase said. 

Originally set for release on March 3, 2020, the delay pushes the release date back by a month. This announcement comes alongside the news that Square Enix's other big game, Marvel's Avengers, has also been delayed. The new release date puts the remake close to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red's highly anticipated RPG. March and April are stuffed full of upcoming releases, with plenty to keep us busy over March in Final Fantasy 7 Remake's absence. 

This news comes just shortly after a series of leaks surfaced online showing parts of the game as yet unseen, and potentially revealing a host of new details. The images from the leak also show the first reveal of character Red 13, as well a famous scene with Cloud from the original release. Shortly before the leaks appeared, Square revealed a series of screenshots showing Sephiroth and shots of Aerith in combat with some seriously cool looking moves. 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most anticipated games of the year and the excitement around the release has been growing rapidly since it was first announced. "I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer," Kitase said. 

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