Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake remains one of the very best Sony-exclusive games to land on PlayStation 4 towards the end of the console’s lifecycle. And while the remake of the beloved JRPG remains exclusive to Sony consoles for the foreseeable future, there’s reason to believe that might not be the case forever.
FF7 Remake is a "timed exclusive" for Sony consoles for one year following its April 10, 2020 release date, which means that as of April 10, 2021 it becomes at least possible for the game to migrate over to other platforms. We learned this back in December 2019, when an eagle-eyed fan of the franchise on Twitter spotted the fine print on box art for the upcoming game. Gaming industry analyst @BenjiSales reminded his followers of this via Twitter on April 7, 2021.
PlayStation consoles remain the best place to play FF7 Remake in the near future considering the fact that FF7 Remake: Intergrade is due out on the PlayStation 5 in June 2021.
It will include a next-gen upgrade for the base game along with brand-new story chapters featuring Yuffie Kisaragi. But we don’t know the finer details of the timed exclusivity contract between Sony and Square Enix. It may have been extended as part of the Intergrade publishing deal.
But it’s just as likely that Intergrade will be PS5 exclusive while the base game gets ported over to other platforms. In any case, big announcements such as these would probably happen during a summer Square Enix Presents showcase.
Here’s a more in-depth look at the possibilities for each platform.
Will FF7 Remake come to Nintendo Switch?
Square Enix has yet to announce plans to bring the game to Nintendo Switch. However, an enhanced port of the PS1 version of the game is already available for all your on-the-go and bedtime Final Fantasy needs. Sure, it's not quite as spiffy as the new version, but you can speed through battles if you're not down for that random encounters grind.
FF7 Remake is a rather large game, coming in close to 100 GB — far larger than the Nintendo Switch’s based storage space. Storage aside, the Switch doesn’t really have the hardware needed to run a game like this. Then again, they got The Witcher 3 and Skyrim to run on Switch, so it may indeed be possible. There’s also the possibility that Nintendo invests more in cloud technology to bring a game like this to the platform. Assassin's Creed Odyssey was previously brought to Switch as part of a partnership with Ubitus GameCloud, similar to what happened with Control in late 2020.
So it’s possible but not all that likely.
Will FF7 Remake come to Xbox One or Xbox Series X?
On the other hand, there's good reason to suspect FF7 Remake will eventually make its way to Microsoft platforms. Back in July 2019, the official Xbox Facebook account in Germany "accidentally" posted a message indicating the game would come to Xbox in March 2020.
Obviously, that didn't end up coming to pass, but there's good reason to hope that we'll see Xbox One and Series X versions of the game out soon after Square Enix's exclusivity agreement expires in April 2021. Back in February 2020, Xbox head Phil Spencer said one of the team's goals with Series X is to make the console more appealing in Japan. Presumably, that means ensuring that marquee Japanese-made games come to the platform.
According to a January 2021 report from True Achievements, several more Final Fantasy games would be added to Xbox Game Pass at some point in 2021. They’re expected to include Final Fantasy X, X-2, XII: The Zodiac Age, XIII, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns. As of early April 2021, there’s no word as to when it may happen — or if FF7 Remake might be included — but that might just be because Microsoft and Square Enix are waiting for FF7 Remake’s exclusivity to expire to make any big announcements. If FF7 Remake is included, it doesn’t seem likely that Intergrade content would also make the leap.
Will Final Fantasy VII Remake come to PC?
Among all the possibly FF7 Remake ports, a PC port in 2021 is the most likely. It remains to be seen whether the PC release will coincide with the Xbox version, or if Intergrade content will be included on PC. With Final Fantasy XV, which released on both Xbox One and PS4 in November 2016, the PC port was released a year and a half later. Will it take that long for FF7 Remake?
Final Fantasy VII Remake is now available for PlayStation 4.
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