I still don’t have a PlayStation 5. If you are like the majority of human beings, you also probably do not, even after six months of futile longing. I say this not to rub it in your/my face, but to instead deliver further sobering news: If you played through Final Fantasy VII Remake on PS4 (like I did) and loved it (like I did) and were excited to play the upcoming bonus Yuffie episode in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (like I was), get ready to wait.
The new version of the game, which includes a new “episode” that sees the not-very-mysterious Mystery Ninja infiltrate the Shinra corporation to steal Materia, was already set to be a timed exclusive on PS5. In a new trailer for Intergrade released today, Sony shed light on the length of that exclusivity period: “at least” six months.
With the PS5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake set to release in June, that means other platforms like PC and Xbox won’t get the additional content — or, presumably, Final Fantasy VII Remake in any form — until December 2021 at the earliest. As for PS4, it seems unlikely that the bonus Yuffie content will ever come to the PlayStation most people currently have, as it’s been “optimised” for PlayStation 5 according to Square Enix.
When it comes to exclusivity windows, this kind of wait is par for the course, but with the PS5 drought still in full swing, it stings. I just want to play the darn DLC for a game I beat over a year ago; is that so much to ask? In the world of triple-A video games, apparently the answer is yes.