Square Enix is pushing back the remake of Final Fantasy 7 by just over a month. Originally scheduled for a March 3, 2020 release, it will now launch for the PlayStation 4 on April 10.
Yoshinori Kitase, producer Final Fantasy 7 Remake, wrote a statement explaining the sudden delay and apologizing to players.
"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 writes. "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."
This delay comes just weeks after a demo for Final Fantasy 7 Remake leaked online. Dataminers who got a hold of the demo files leaked unreleased images of characters, uncovered new story elements, and found signs that a PC port may be in the works.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake isn't the only 2020 release Square Enix is delaying. Marvel's Avengers, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, was pushed from May 15 to September 4 at the same time as the Final Fantasy delay.
The plan for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is to split the original game's story into at least two parts. In November, game director Tetsuya Nomura announced that production is already under way for the second installment.