The first part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will launch April 10, but it's looking like global concerns might affect how many hard copies are available. Square Enix published a statement today, warning that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility of retail copy shortages.
Posted to Twitter today, Square Enix says the April 10 date is still locked in, but it's also having to account for the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
"The worldwide release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake on April 10 will go ahead," the announcement states. "However, with the unforeseeable changes in the distribution and retail landscape which varies across countries, it is increasingly likely that some of you will not get hold of your copy of the game on release date."
Square Enix says it is monitoring the situation on a "daily basis" and will post again this coming Friday with any further news about the issue. This will obviously not affect digital distribution, so those with a pre-order locked in on the PlayStation Store don't need to fret.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was pushed to its early April date in order to account for extra polish. But the COVID-19 outbreak seems to have added another wrinkle to the game's launch. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to shows being shut down and hardware production concerns. We'll know soon if it also affects the launch of this highly anticipated remake.
Regardless, the demo for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is still live, so we can still play a bit while we wait for more news.