Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Available Now, 9 Days Early

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Available Now, 9 Days Early

Square Enix shipped Final Fantasy 7 Remake early to Australia as a result of the coronavirus. And as sure as the sun rises in the morning, the game has broken street date in Australia, 9 days before its official release.

Despite still having an official release date of April 10, gamers around the world have started to get their hands on the game early. EB Games staff confirmed to Kotaku Australia over the phone that customers could pick up the game in store from today, and JB Hi-Fi posted a notice on their page asking Australians not to spoil the game for others:

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Available Now, 9 Days Early

The situation seemed inevitable, after Square informed gamers a few days ago that copies of FF7R would be shipped early due to complications around the coronavirus pandemic. The street date breaking this early in Australia mirrors a similar move by EB Games (which JB Hi-Fi followed) by selling Persona 5: Royal a week before its release.

Breaking street date also has one other major advantage: it avoids Good Friday. When Final Fantasy 7 Remake was delayed from March to April, Square decided to move the game’s release to April 10, a restricted trading day throughout most of Australia because of the Good Friday public holiday.

The street date breaking does not apply to digital stores, so people hoping to grab the game early without leaving the house are out of luck. Copies ordered through the PlayStation Store won’t unlock until April 10, so if you want to get a copy of the game, you’ll need to do some “essential” shopping.

Kotaku Australia reached out to Square Enix for comment on the game breaking street date in Australia. The company declined to comment, instead referring inquiries to the public statement made by Square below:

Square also reminded gamers to check over their Material Usage License if they do get a copy of the game early, which says “users are not publicly authorised to post content before April 10 2020”. But with gamers posting screenshots and streams online, it seems the horse has well and truly bolted on that one.


      • Where did you order from? I ordered through JB and it’s $9.99 extra for same day courier, so $88.99 all up. Hope you get it soon!!

        • I ordered through JB last week with express courier delivery ($3.50 – not explicitly same day though) that’s supposed to include tracking but I’ve heard nil. I did receive my pre-order bonus download code via e-mail today though. Fingers crossed I get it before Friday. Enjoy it for me in the meantime though! 🙂

  • I’m a little sad about the digital version only releasing as scheduled, but not too much. I’ve got so much Animal Crossing and Nioh 2 to get to, as well as extended work hours dealing with all the emergencies that keep cropping up.

    Already saved money on Persona 5, which I’d been meaning to nab again… but no longer. I’m a little soured on that by virtue of the fact that there is no discount for owners of Persona 5’s full collection of base game and all DLC, forcing those owners to essentially re-buy a premium-priced game that is only really an expansion of what they already own. So that’s definitely going to be a ‘few years from now when on deep discount’ purchase, because fuck that re-buying bullshit. The amount of extra stuff does not justify paying double.

    • Your P5 / P5R point is such a good one. Other games have been expanded significantly without the need to release new versions (I’m thinking some of the Dark Souls upgrades, Monster Hunter World). Don’t gouge your fan base like this.

    • I left Persona 5 unfinished at 20 odd hours.

      I’ve only just returned to it last week to try and finish it off and found out about Royal. Fuck re-buying it for the better experience 🙁

      Just picked up FF7 though so P5 is going back into the drawer.

      • P5 I gave up on due to the writing when I got to a pyramid dungeon which was a ways into it. Dislikeable characters and terrible amounts of railroading. Saw a comment from someone on a different site that captured what annoyed me about the characters. They’re the ‘ok boomer’ of JRPGs, with only Atlus’ SMT Dx2 being worse.

        FF7 I’m waiting for the PC port, so RE3 is my go to this week since its the one that’ll have PC available from the getgo.

  • Really glad I held out pre-ordering it to see who it broke street-date with. Put in my JB c&c order as soon as I saw this article and just got confirmation that it’s ready for pickup. 😀

    • I did. No news yet. I’m a bit concerned that they’ve appeared to have closed off preordering for all games now :/

      • Hello,

        We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on xx/10/2019 (Order# xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxxxx).

        The items listed below will actually be dispatched sooner than we had originally expected based on the new release date:

        “Final Fantasy VII Remake – PlayStation 4”
        Previous estimated arrival date: 10/04/2020
        New estimated arrival date: 08/04/2020 – 09/04/2020

  • Has Sony said anything about the digital release date, and specifically bringing it forward? I can’t even get a hold of them to cancel my digital pre-order to just order it from JB.

  • Guess I picked the wrong time to cancel my pre-order at EB just in case they had to shut their doors and get a digital version instead. Wonder if they’ll bring the digital version forward. The day one patch can surely wait a week if the vanilla game is good to go

    • That sucks. I highly doubt they’ll bring the digital release forward. You could always try refunding the digital purchase and then going into a store to get it.

  • The pre order bonuses won’t work until the game officially launches for everyone.
    Just a heads up for those who don’t know

    • Which pre-order bonuses? If you’re referring to the Chocobo chick bonus then I can confirm that the code was accepted, downloaded and then appeared accepted in the DLC portion of the menu in-game.

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