As one of the most beloved games of all time, it’s easy to see why the anticipation for the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII is so high. Still, given Square Enix’s track record and the fact that we really haven’t seen much since the game’s announcement back in June 2015, the assumption has been that the remake — which will be released in an episodic format — is still a long way off. However, a new rumor claims that the game, or at least the first chapter, could be out by the end of 2017.
Like most release date rumors, this one stems from a listing on the EB Games Australia online store, which has Final Fantasy VII available for a preorder price of $109.95 AUD, which is likely a placeholder price. Most interestingly, the store has a TBC 2017 release date listed for the game and while that ultimately means little at this point, it could be a hint of Square’s intention to get the remake out this year.
Another piece of information that could point to a 2017 release is the fact that the Final Fantasy franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Square Enix is already planning to release Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, a remastered version of the 2006 PS2 title, but considering it’s one of the lesser games in the series, it’s unlikely that an updated version of FFXII will be the only treat in store for Final Fantasy fans this year. There are rumors that Square Enix may bundle the first episode of FFVII with The Zodiac Age, which would certainly help drive sales of the latter while also celebrating the franchise’s important milestone.
Regardless of when it’s released, it looks like the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Final Fantasy VII remake could arrive much closer together than expected, as EB Games Australia has the Xbox One version also listed for a TBC 2017 release. When the remake was first announced, it was revealed that PS4 owners would get the game first and while that sill looks to be true, Xbox One owners may not have to wait that long to get their hands on it as first thought.
Of course, this is all just rumor and speculation at this point, which means we’ll have to wait for a firm release date to be announced to know anything for sure. Still, it’s exciting to even entertain the possibility that we may be playing the FFVII remake before year’s end.
(Via: Tech Times)