Final Fantasy VII, the exciting and repolished MMO that everyone has been waiting for, has found a way to counter the outbreak of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 by shipping the retail copies worldwide at an earlier stage. This was caused to avoid further stalls due to the Coronavirus and allow retailers to sell the FFVII Remake proportionally with the release date, April 10.
Therefore, the physical copies of the game have been received in some regions such as Europe and Australia, while the western provinces will have to face a slight delay. Heuristically said, those regions will get the physical copies shipped once the outbreak fades away.
The developers of Final Fantasy VII Remake have also released a statement addressing the public:
We had some hard decisions to make during the final few weeks before launch due to disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. 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.
Furthermore, Square Enix calls on a common reason not to spoil the game content to those who haven’t had a chance to experience the game by themselves.
If you get the game early, please think of others and don’t spoil it for them. We know there are potential spoilers that have been out there for over two decades as the original FINAL FANTASY VII was released in 1997. But FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a new game that still has many surprises for everyone. All our fans and players deserve to experience the game for themselves, and we ask for the support of our dedicated community around the world to ensure that.