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Square Enix Confirms Final Fantasy VII Remake Physical Copies Will Be Delayed Due to ‘Non-essential Item’ Delivery Restrictions

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Square Enix has another update on Final Fantasy VII Remake physical copies, and it isn’t entirely rosy. While digital copies of the game won’t be delayed and the company already said that physical copies may not arrive on its April 10, 2020 launch date, the latest statement confirmed that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will “likely” delay the shipping times for the retail release and quarantines in countries could keep people from getting to stores.

However, there was also something of a bright spot in this message. Square Enix addressed the issue of Final Fantasy VII Remake physical copies ordered from its own store, like the exclusive 1st Class Edition that comes with a Cloud and bike Play Arts Kai figure, might still be arriving my April 10th as planned.

Here is the full statement from Square Enix regarding Final Fantasy VII Remake physical copy deliveries.

As we prepare for the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on April 10, we wanted to keep you updated on how the proactive measures being taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus are likely to affect the distribution and retail landscape in western regions at launch.

As you will be aware, many countries are limiting entry or closing their national and state borders and restricting the distribution and delivery of non-essential items. Understandably these restrictions are being implemented so that essential items can reach their destination as fast as possible.

This does not mean that box copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake will not be dispatched, it just means that we cannot control the date the game may arrive.

In many countries and states, retail stores are closing to help with social distancing measures. If you placed a pre-order with one of these retailers, we advise you to check their websites for the latest information about the status of pre-orders, as well as pick-up and/or delivery information. Please ensure your mailing address and contact details are up to date, as some retailers have begun contacting customers with delivery updates.

Finally, we are currently making arrangements to ensure that pre-orders from the Square Enix Store reach you by April 10.

We are working hard to ensure as many of you as possible can play the game on April 10 and will update further when we have more information.

Thank you for your continued support and most importantly, stay safe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will come to the PlayStation 4 digitally on April 10, 2020, though physical copies might not arrive until sometime after that date.

Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.