The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is arguably one of the most highly anticipated games on the horizon, with fans eagerly looking forward to the release date.
So far Square Enix has not revealed when gamers on the PS4 will be able to return to Midgar, the Golden Saucer and be reunited with Cloud and Aeris.
And recently fans have had not much to go, with announcements on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake drying up as Square Enix moved development in-house.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Final Fantasy 7 release date, with only a few milestones left for a big reveal on the game in 2017.
The next one on the horizon is fast approaching – November 17 will mark 20 years to the day Final Fantasy 7 was released in Europe.
Fans in the UK and their European counterparts were the last region to get their hands on FF7 on the original PlayStation.
So November 17 will mark the last major milestone for Square Enix’s classic game this year.
It’s possible news on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake could be revealed then, or during the PlayStation Experience in California this December.
But ahead of a possible Final Fantasy 7 Remake announcement, some retailers that are taking pre-orders have listed possible release dates.
Import specialist Play Asia previously listed the Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date as this December, before turning it to “to be announced”.
More interestingly though, GameSeek has a very specific date for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
The online retailer has listed the Final Fantasy 7 Remake as having a June 15 2018 release date.
This is a very specific date, and if it comes out then would be welcome news to fans as it’s sooner than many had been anticipating.
Interestingly, also, another UK retailer has something eye-catching on their website.
Base are also taking pre-orders for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, with a release date listed as December 30 this year.
While this is likely a placeholder, what is noteworthy is the artwork they have.
Unlike other retailers, who have the logo or the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, the Base artwork looks unlike any FF7 artwork seen before.
Express.co.uk has contacted GameSeek and Base for clarification.
In other news, Nintendo Switch fans have been given a big boost about a possible release.
Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy 15, previously said that tests had been carried out to see how the Unreal Engine 4 performed on the Switch.
This is the engine that powers the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and he said Nintendo’s hybrid console handled it well.
And now Square Enix, during their latest financial results briefing, have talked about their plans for the Switch.
According to Gematsu, the Japanese gaming giant said they saw the core architectures of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch as similar.
They believe that multi-platform development is possible by building a basic version of a game then optimising it for each platform.
Square Enix added that they had high expectations for the Nintendo Switch, and would aggressively pursue development.
They added that they would not rule out any IPs – new, existing or even revivals – for the Nintendo Switch.
The comments will raise hopes that Final Fantasy 15, out now on PS4 and Xbox One, and Final Fantasy 7 could come to the Nintendo Switch.
When the Final Fantasy 7 Remake was first announced back at E3 2015, the jaw-dropping trailer said at the end ’Play it first on PlayStation’.
This implied that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake was coming out on PS4 and PS4 Pro as a timed exclusive, and would later be out on other platforms.
Square Enix also revealed that during the next financial year they had plans to launch some big titles.
They also added that they were preparing some “sharp”, “powerful” and “well-made” games for E3 2018.
Dion Dassanayake is a regular contributor to express