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Final Fantasy VII remake PlayStation exclusivity ends in 2021 (update)

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Final Fantasy VII (Image credit: Square Enix)

What you need to know

  • Final Fantasy VII remake was announced as PlayStation Exclusive.
  • New box art suggests that it's only a timed exclusive.
  • The exclusivity period expires in 2021.
  • It may come to Xbox One and PC then.

Updated February 6, 2020: It seems like Square Enix has extended the exclusivity period to April 2021 based on new box art.

For years now, there have been rumors floating around of an Xbox version of the Final Fantasy VII remake. Today, the box art for the game was updated with the date when PlayStation exclusivity ends. According to the images which are being shared on social media, it's coming to other platforms on March 3, 2012. The exclusivity only lasts a year it seems. Hopefully, the title will be optimized for Project Scarlett which is rumored to have 12 teraflops of power.

You can take a look at the image Twitter user Wario64 posted. On the bottom right corner, you can see that it says exclusivity ends on "3/3/21." Looks like the rumors were correct after all. Given the fact that the Final Fantasy series is coming to Xbox Game Pass, Final Fantasy XIV is in the works for the system, and Final Fantasy XV sold quite well, it would've been a surprise had this title not landed on Microsoft's console.

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Are you going to play the game on PlayStation 4 or are you going to wait for the Xbox One version? Let us know. However, keep in mind that 2021 is a while away so new deals could be inked in the meantime. Let's hope that it lands on Xbox One and doesn't just hit PC because anything is possible in the competitive gaming industry.

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5 Comments
  • "For years now, there have been rumors floating around of an Xbox version of the Final Fantasy VII remake" You mean the words "play it first on Playstation 4" at the end of the E3 2015 announcement trailer wasn't clear enough that it was a timed exlcusive?
  • I don't think anyone will be surprised by this news, but after four years of silence, some solid confirmation is welcome.
  • Thank for the confirmation date and of course... Waiting for the optimized version on Scarlett
  • My concern is with this being an episodic format and the PS5 coming out in a year. I'm concerned that they could cite "lower sales on older platforms" as a reason to stop releasing the episodes on PS4. I don't expect this game to release on current gen Xbox consoles with the 2021 release date.
  • Thats fine by me tbh. The original Xbox One was outdated hardware from day one, the sooner we can move on the better.