For a lot of gamers around the world, March the 3rd of this year was supposed to be a monumental day. After all, this was the day when Square Enix was supposed to release a game that was revealed a whole five years ago, way back in 2015. Fans then were super hyped for it as it looked gorgeous and, as the years passed by, Square Enix kept on revealing little tidbits about how the game will be played and it only got gamers more hyped for it. It’s also a remastering of a legendary game that has received many accolades and would generally be on the top of many fans best games ever lists.
That game is, of course, Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Unfortunately for them and the millions around the world, March the 3rd won’t be the glorious day it was supposed to be. Square Enix recently broke the news that they will be delaying Final Fantasy VII Remake until April the 10th.
Some fans are really disappointed by this for several reasons. They were those who were really looking forward to playing Final Fantasy VII Remake in just a couple of months because they’re looking forward to it. They’ve been waiting for it since 2015 and having to wait a couple additional months it going to feel excruciating. The March the 3rd release date also fit quite nicely with the release dates of other future games.
It was supposed to come before the other two big releases of the year, Resident Evil 3 Remake on April the 3rd and Cyberpunk 2077 on April the 16th, giving gamers a good set of games to play at a leisurely pace. Moving Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date to Apirl the 10th now has it sandwiched between those two games. And Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be an extremely long game! If you do start playing it on its new release date, you’re probably not going to be finished with it when Cyberpunk 2077 comes out! If you’re a streamer, you’re going to have to choose between the two and that’s going to be a painful choice! Well, that isn’t the case anymore since Cyberpunk 2077 also got delayed, but that’s another story.
As much as the delay can be painful for fans and gamers all over the world, the delay isn’t the worst thing to happen. In fact, I would like to look at the brighter side of the entire situation. Yes, there is a good side to the delay, believe it or not.
Most people think delays are a bad thing because, well, they don’t get the thing they want when it was promised. That’s understandable. But there is generally a good reason for things to be delayed and this is true for video game most especially. It usually means that the game isn’t ready. Would you want to get a game that isn’t ready for release? With how big Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be, there were bound to be a ton of issues with it all throughout its development. There are probably a few issues that needed to be squashed that popped up or some really weird graphical glitches that appeared. If this is the case, they delay it. I want a super polished game rather than something that still had some problems that they need to patch out in the future. I mean, Mass Effect Andromeda anyway?
I can only imagine what the fans what the hardcore Final Fantasy fans would say if Square Enix decided to release the Remake in an unfinished state. They would complain that Square Enix had two decades to get a remaster of Final Fantasy VII right. And they still blew it! Honestly, I don’t envy the Square Enix guys and gals who are working on Final Fantasy VII Remake because you can bet they’re under a lot of scrutiny to get everything just right. Oh, it’ll make the company a lot of money. It won’t matter if the result is a buggy mess. But I bet no one over there wants to take the blame if it is a buggy mess that should’ve been delayed to iron out the kinks!
Some fans may even want Final Fantasy VII Remake released in a manageable state because the argument that Square Enix can patch out the issues later. They can also do it with a Day One patch. I’ve always thought this is a crappy way to fix a game because it means the programmers and developers know the problems when the game was released and they did it anyway! If that’s the case, why didn’t they just fix it on the actual level of the code of the game? Oh, and then you have to download the patch, which would usually a super large file before you can play it! That’s something everyone wants to do, right?
Final Fantasy VII Remake’s new release date does coincidentally fit it with how Cyberpunk 2077 delay. The lineup now starts with gamers playing Resident Evil 3 Remake first on April the 3rd. A week later, on April the 10th, Final Fantasy VII Remake comes out. While a week may not seem like a sufficient time in between two games, it should be okay for Resident Evil 3 Remake. As good as the game looks and how much extra stuff Capcom is going to stuff in it, it’s going to be something a dedicated gamer can finish in a day or maybe two. After the month of April, the next really big game is in May with The Last of Us Part II. There actually seems like a drought after that so Cyberpunk 2077 can’t come sooner. Still, the combination of Resident Evil 3 Remake and Final Fantasy VII Remake is a nice combo to tide the time.
I do get why some fans are reacting rather badly to the news. Final Fantasy VII Remake was something they were looking forward to for half a decade and it was only going to be a few more days until their dream of playing a high quality remaster of their favorite game was going to be in their hands. With the announcement, all of a sudden, they found out they have to wait an additional month for it. It doesn’t seem like a long time but, like I said, they’ve been expecting and eagerly awaiting its release.
A month may as well seem like a year for them. But I think, if Final Fantasy VII Remake is as good as promised, then the wait will all be worth it.
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