Fans of the 23-year-old, genre-defining RPG series Final Fantasy will have to wait a bit longer for the much-anticipated remake of the series’ most popular installment, Final Fantasy VII, as Square Enix has officially delayed the game’s release from March 3 to April 10.
“We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of Final Fantasy VII remake and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on,” the game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, announced in a written statement. He explained that the “tough decision” to delay is to “ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve” and “to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience.”
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Kitase finished the announcement with an apology “on behalf of the whole team…as I know this means waiting for this game just a little bit longer.”
A Final Fantasy veteran, Kitase has been with Square and later Square Enix since 1991. Specifically, he produced Final Fantasy X and X-2, in addition to their 2013 HD remaster, as well as the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
Expectations for the remake have been extremely high, as fans have been clamoring for the project for years. Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII is still the bestselling game in the entire series, selling over 11 million units to date and often appearing in articles and polls touting the best video games of all time. In fact, Final Fantasy VII spawned something of a franchise within the franchise, officially titled The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, with a sequel film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and several prequel games, Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus.
The enhanced remake of Final Fantasy VII is developed and published by Square Enix. The game arrives on April 10 for PlayStation 4.