Maxi Gräff, the marketing communications & social lead at Xbox Germany has since explained on her Twitter account that it was an “internal mistake in the Social Team,” and has apologised for hurting anybody’s feelings. Gräff went on to briefly explain how the mistake happened and assured people that it wouldn’t happen again.
An eagle-eyed Reset Era user discovered something exciting today. In a quickly deleted post to Facebook, Xbox Germany appears to have leaked the fact that the Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming to the platform.
Another exciting piece of information is that the release date given in the post is for March 3, 2020, the same day the game is due to release on PlayStation 4. To date, the Final Fantasy VII Remake has not received an official announcement for any platform, other than the PlayStation 4. So this is potentially massive news. While there was never any exclusivity attached to the game, many felt that any new platform announcements would have happened at E3 2019. When this failed to arrive, I figured we would be looking at a year of exclusivity for PS4, with the game coming to other platforms after that.
It seems that, based on this rapidly deleted post, this is not the case. The game could be available to play on Xbox One, on the same day it releases for the PlayStation 4. This adjustment also leaves the door open to hope for a PC release.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake has been in production for years, as Sony initially announced it at their E3 2015 press conference. Originally, the announcement had the message players would be able to “play it first” on PlayStation. It seems this might be changing. This switch might be due to the game’s long development cycle, episodic nature, and the potential cost of the enormous project.
We will keep an eye on more details around this story as they break, so be sure to keep an eye on the site for further information.