Square Enix announced late Monday night that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be shipping earlier than usual to Australia and Europe, as a result of complications with the coronavirus.
Square put out the notice over Twitter, saying the "unique circumstances" around the coronavirus have complicated the normal business of shipping and distributing physical copies around the world.
The practical result of shipping physical copies early, of course, is that some gamers could get their game before the official April 10 release date. In Australia and New Zealand's case particularly, April 10 is Good Friday - a day where retailers like JB Hi-Fi and EB Games aren't allowed to trade anyway.
"There is a greater chance that some of you in these regions will now get a copy of the game prior to the worldwide release date of April 10," Square said. "If you get the game early, please think of others and don't spoil it for them," they added.
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) March 30, 2020
Some copies of physical discs have been floating around online, so if you want to avoid the juicier spoilers - particularly what's changed with the remake - then you might want to start setting up social media filters now.
People are comfortable buying games digitally, but in Australia there's plenty of circumstances where an old-fashioned brick and mortar dealer offers a better physical deal — especially for console gamers.
Aside from the work that's gone into the first episode of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square has done a ton of R&D into the technology behind the game. How much time exactly? Several years, according to the game's producer.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is almost here, and I spent around three hours with the game recently when the game came to Sydney as part of a global press tour. The preview was enough to play through the first two chapters, boss fights and a section later on in the game. Here are five things about the remake that I loved, and one that has me worried.