Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020, but fans without a Sony console have been desperate to know if the beloved JRPG reimagining will also be coming to Xbox One at some point.
For a few glorious hours earlier in the week, it looked like the Xbox One would indeed be getting the game. A post that went out on The Xbox Germany Facebook page not only revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake would be hitting Microsoft’s console, but that it’d be arriving on the same day as the PS4 version.
Unfortunately for Xbox gamers, this turned out to be nothing more than a mistake on the part of Xbox Germany’s marketing team. In a series of tweets, Xbox Germany’s marketing communications and social lead Maxi Graff confirmed the gaff, and apologised for any disappointment caused.
We did an internal mistake in the Social Team. We took the video off immediately. Sorry, no announcement on our side. Big apologies for this. I am truly sorry if I hurt anybodies feelings. But be sure that this was not intended and just an honest mistake from a gaming loving human. Again: we will check our process on this to make sure this doesn’t happen again. In that video were multiple FF games and the remake happened to be in there by mistake from the editorial team where we didn’t check the exclusitivity on the specific one. We make sure this doesn’t happen again.
While Graff attempted to make it clear that it was a genuine mistake, and not Xbox Germany jumping the gun on a big announcement, there were still those who were convinced the post was a sign of the latter. We reached out to Square Enix for clarification on the issue, who responded with a brief official statement explaining that there are no plans to bring Final Fantasy VII Remake to other platforms.
Here’s the entire statement, for maximum clarity:
As previously announced, FINAL FANTASY VII Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd 2020. We have no plans for other platforms.
That’s that then. Unless Square is being particular sneaky (which I doubt), it really does sound like Final Fantasy VII Remake will remain a PS4 exclusive for the foreseeable future. That’s not to say it couldn’t ever come to the Xbox One (or Xbox Scarlett) one day, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
It’s an understandable blow for Xbox One owners, especially since Final Fantasy VII Remake is easily one of the best games I played at E3 2019.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.