'Final Fantasy 7 Remake' Is A Timed Exclusive On PS4, According To Leak
The Final Fantasy VII Remake - which I still can't quite believe is a matter of months away - has so far only been confirmed for PlayStation 4. It's been rumoured for a while now that the Square Enix remake would eventually make its way to Xbox One and PC too, but we haven't had anything concrete to back up those claims.
In fact, apart from an ill-informed social media from Xbox Germany which turned out to be a mistake, there has been nothing to suggest that Cloud Strife and friends will be heading beyond PS4. Until now.
According to alleged new North American box art for the game which recently appeared online, Final Fantasy VII Remake will in fact be a timed-exclusive for Sony's console. Apparently, the game will remain exclusive to PS4 until March 3, 2021 - exactly one year after it hits PlayStation. Check it out below.
Final Fantasy VII Remake box art updated with timed exclusive disclaimer - until March 3, 2021 pic.twitter.com/IGL0f5dbBb
- Wario64 (@Wario64) December 10, 2019
By March 2021, both the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett (or whatever it's called) will have been out for a few months. It's likely, then, that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be skipping Xbox One and instead go straight to Microsoft's next-gen hardware. We also already know the game will be playable on PS5, so it's been established as a cross-generation title.
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It's worth noting that there's nothing to suggest the image above is legitimate, and Square Enix has yet to comment on the alleged timed-exclusivity period. However, it has long been expected that Final Fantasy VII Remake would make its way to other consoles eventually.
A year's timed exclusivity certainly tracks with previous Square deals. The last time Square Enix had a timed exclusive was 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider. The Lara Croft sequel was exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One for around a year before it hit PS4 in early 2016, so it's not like the company has never done anything like this before. Those cheeky rascals.
As always, I would advise you don't get too excited before we hear confirmation from an official source, but it would be truly bizarre if Final Fantasy VII Remake didn't end up on Xbox hardware at some point.
We can probably safely assume that the game will never come to Nintendo Switch. But then, I said that about The Witcher 3, so what the hell do I actually know?
Featured Image Credit: Square Enix