Gamers can now start getting ready to play Final Fantasy VII Remake when it releases next week.
It has been revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake can now be preloaded ahead of its release next week. As the game is massive, clocking in at 100GB, this gives gamers a chance to download the title and have it ready a full week ahead of time. Square Enix has stated that they wanted to give gamers a chance to download the game early due to COVID-19 and constricted internet bandwidth.
"We know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many people having to stay home, some of you may be experiencing extra pressure on your internet bandwidth," game producer Yoshinori Kitase stated in a press release (via Polygon). "We wanted to give all our fans some extra time to download the game."
Even though Final Fantasy VII Remake's official release date is not until next Friday, some gamers got their hands on the game early. Physical copies of the game have reached retailers in Australia, allowing people to purchase the title early. Square Enix had sent the game out to Europe and Australia early due to the possibility of shipment being slowed down because of COVID-19, but the game ended up arriving too early. Despite some retailers selling the physical edition of Final Fantasy VII Remake early, the digital version will not unlock until the game's official release date.
Along with the announcement that Final Fantasy VII Remake can now be preloaded, a new final trailer for the game was dropped. The trailer can be seen on the official Final Fantasy YouTube channel. Those who want to go into the game's story fresh may want to skip the trailer, as there are a number of spoilers throughout.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will release next week on April 10th. The game will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4. The title will make its way to other platforms in April of 2021, though it is not known what those platforms are.