Citing the need to polish both games, Square Enix has announced delays of two of their biggest 2020 releases: Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers.
For Final Fantasy, it was the game's producer Yoshinori Kitase who delivered the news. "In order 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, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020."
That moves the game back by just about one month from its original March 3 release date. In the meantime, the game's demo is still apparently on track to launch on March 3.
As for Avengers, the hero loot brawler receives a much longer delay of about four months. Co-studio heads at Crystal Dynamics Scot Amos and Ron Rosenberg promised to spend the additional time "focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game." The Avengers release date has been moved from May 15 to September 4.
For Final Fantasy 7 Remake, its new release date finds it sandwiched between two titanic game launches in Capcom's Resident Evil 3 and CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, though few would be willing to expect the game to struggle commercially as a result.
Avengers' new release date puts it in a currently empty field, but it's one that will surely fill up fast, especially by mid-June when E3 hosts many upcoming game reveals due this fall.
That date also puts Avengers just a few months or perhaps weeks ahead of the new console launches, so it'll be interesting to see if Square Enix has a next-gen version ready to go with the launch of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Then again, both console manufacturers have indicated, though they have not quite confirmed, that they will offer expansive backward compatibility, with some rumors suggesting both the new Xbox and new PlayStation will be fully backward compatible with their respective history of games.