It may be a very old game, but be warned, copies of Final Fantasy 7 Remake are already out in the wild. Due to shipping concerns around the coronavirus, the game has been physically shipped to some regions a little earlier rather than later.
Square Enix already warned of potential physical stock issues earlier this month, as the global economy deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this could've indicated shortages, Square Enix confirmed earlier this week that it meant shipments would be going out earlier than FF7 Remake's current launch date of April 10, 2020 on PlayStation 4.
"Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decision to ship the game far earlier than usual to Europe and Australia," said producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura in a statement.
Yesterday, EB Games Australia confirmed as much, tweeting out that Final Fantasy 7 Remake is out now. Both Square Enix and EB Games shared a similar sentiment: to not spoil the game early for players who have to wait until April 10 to play.
If you head over to Twitch, there are already a fair number of streamers digging into the Remake. So while that content isn't front and center, it's out there if you seek it.
It might seem strange to be so concerned over spoilers for a remake of a very old and well-remembered Final Fantasy. But Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been teasing for a while that, as part of splitting the story up into several parts, it would be delving into more untold stories and pieces of Midgar. Any new content that might build out the universe, lore, or characters in some way is probably something that longtime fans want to experience firsthand.
So while it's a bummer that some folks might be best off muting "Final Fantasy 7" on Twitter for a while, at least players in these regions aren't left out on getting their copies. For the rest of the world, we'll get a chance to head back to Midgar on April 10, 2020.