According to a rather hefty rumor on VGLeaks, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date for Episode 1 should be at some point in 2017 as part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date coming next year
While the rumor doesn’t go into specific detail as to when we’ll see the game, it does claim that Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s premiere episode will indeed debut at some point next year on the PlayStation 4. Square Enix has yet to confirm an official release window for the much-anticipated remake, so take this with a pinch of salt until we hear otherwise.
However, there’s more to it than that. Square Enix is reportedly planning an extensive schedule of re-releases to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary, including a remastered Final Fantasy XIII trilogy for PS4. This will include FFXIII, FFXIII-2, and Lightning Returns, all featuring a 1080p/60fps overhaul for Sony’s flagship home console.
Not only that, but the Japanese game maker will release a massive Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection, which features Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX for PS4 and PS Vita. Furthermore, the versions of Final Fantasy I-VI will feature two options for playing: the original NES/SNES editions or the more recent ports.
If that wasn’t enough, Square Enix is offering three different versions of this mammoth collection. The first is the standard edition, which offers the complete set of Final Fantasy I-IX with a poster, while the Collector’s Edition and Crystal Complete Edition offers a wealth of extra content, as detailed below.
Collector’s Edition: Final Fantasy I-IX, poster, art book, 8-bit Black Mage keychain, Chocobo plush and two discs featuring a selection of tracks hand picked by Nobouo Uematsu.
Crystal Complete Edition (note this will reportedly only be available only in limited quantities via Square Enix’s website)
Games: Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection titles (FF I to IX), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, Final Fantasy XV (and all DLC), Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (including all expansions + a 3 month subscription). Special items for Final Fantasy XI Mobile and Final Fantasy XIV will be included as well.
Physical items: all the content included in the Collector’s Edition, two extra discs for the soundtrack, a crystal necklace, a Moogle plush, a Black Mage statue, all three Final Fantasy Trading Card Game starter decks, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV. Everything will be packed in a luxury chest decorated with the Final Fantasy logo.
Again, none of this info has been corroborated by an official source, so take it with a hefty pinch of salt for the time being. Nonetheless, for the sake of Final Fantasy aficionados, we certainly hope it’s the real deal.