A recent update to the Steam version of Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD apparently prevented the game from being played offline. In a new statement, Square Enix acknowledged the issue and has announced it rolled back the update so that offline play could be reinstated.
"We are aware of an issue which affected the ability to play Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster in offline environments," Square Enix says in a statement sent to USG. "To rectify this, we have removed the latest update with immediate effect, and you can now continue to experience the game as before."
Square Enix says it will roll out a new version of the patch in the future, which will hopefully keep the ability for players to play FF10/10-2 offline. In the meantime, players should find that their Steam versions of FF10/10-2 are once again playable regardless of their connection status.
The update launched on March 7, and was the first update since the Steam version released almost three years ago. The patch was meant to fix "some minor bugs," but ended up knocking out offline play. Though some users said that this was an intentional addition of online-only DRM, modder Durante disputed this on the forum ResetEra, saying it's likely just a bug.
Though Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD was hit by negative reviews following the bug, things are back to normal now. So, apologies to those who were inconvenienced for a bit, but the games are alright now. Check out our Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD review for more coverage from USG.