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Final Fantasy 7 Remake on Xbox delayed until after April 2021

Final Fantasy 7 Remake – a double delay (pic: Square Enix)

The delay for Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PS4 means that the exclusivity deal for other formats has also been pushed back by a month.

The politics surrounding console exclusives is clearly going to be one of the most important issues of the next generation, with Microsoft saying it won’t have any on Xbox Series X for at least a year, while also insisting that Sony is ‘out of position’ in terms of cloud technology.

But ignoring the question of how important they are, Sony currently has far more big-name exclusives to its name, both those it makes itself and timed deals for third party games – like the one-year deal with Square Enix for Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

The game is currently only scheduled for the PlayStation 4 but its release date was recently put back until 10 April, which means its exclusivity period has also been extended – as noticed in the small print by Siliconera.

That does make sense – Sony are paying for a year’s exclusivity from when it actually comes out, not from when it was supposed to – but it does mean there’s no possibility of an Xbox version until April 2021.

But while you can probably expect a PC version very soon after that there’s no guarantee that there will be an Xbox version at all.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a very important franchise for Sony to keep to itself and there’s nothing stopping them trying to extend the exclusivity deal, especially as we don’t yet know whether it will also stand for the subsequent Final Fantasy 7 Remake episodes.

But then there’s still no real clue how the episodic releases will work, since Square Enix has not been keen to promote the fact that what’s coming out in April is only a small portion of the story, that only includes the events taking place in and around Midgard.

There’s been no indication of how many games will be needed to finish the story, but it’s presumably at least one or two more. So does that mean the Xbox will always be one behind or will Square Enix wait till they’re all out before porting them to other formats?

And will there be a PlayStation 5 specific version or just a patch to improve the graphics, if the original is backwards compatible?

There’s still a lot of questions to answer and it may be a long time till we find out more.

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