The long-awaited first episode of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is delayed until April 10. Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase made the announcement this morning on the company’s official blog. The game was previously scheduled to arrive on Mar. 3.
“We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on,” Kitase said. “In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020.”
Announced during Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference, the remake was being handled by developer CyberConnect2, which has experience with the Naruto series of games. Since 2017, production has been brought in-house. But, Kitase says his team needs just a little more time to bring it over the finish line.
“We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience,” Kitase continued. “I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.”
No release window for the game’s second episode has been announced. Final Fantasy 7 Remake was previously announced as a PlayStation 4 exclusive title until Mar. 3, 2021. Polygon has reached out to Square Enix to see if that date will be pushed back as well.