[Update] Final Fantasy VII PC mistake means free copies for fevered fans
Update: Square Enix has decided to make amends to all those fans who purchased FF7 ahead of scheduled and were unable to play the game. Not only has Square apologized for the mistake, but they have gone a step beyond by offering a full refund and free copy of the game when it releases. Here is a full transcription of the statement
"This weekend, our teams were testing the product website for the upcoming relaunch of Final Fantasy VII on PC. While the website was being tested in its live state, a small number of people were able to purchase a pre-release build of the game. For those customers, Square Enix will be offering full refunds for the purchases and for their inconvenience, a free version of the classic Final Fantasy VII on PC when it is launched. We want to thank our community for their continued support and excitement regarding the upcoming rerelease of Final Fantasy VII. We will have more information to share about the launch of this anticipated title shortly."
Final Fantasy VII is regarded as one of the best if not the best game in the Final Fantasy. This is why the upcoming PC re-release has garnered quite a bit of interest from Final Fantasy and RPG aficionados since it was announced.
Last night, the game accidentally appeared on Square Enix’s online store and many joyous fans paid for and downloaded it early. Unfortunately for them, the game didn’t work because this was an accidental leak rather than a officially set release, so the automatic license activation was unable to function. Users were also unable to activate their game by typing in the serial number manually.
Because of his little mishap, Square has since pulled the sale links.
Well that certainly sucks for those who have bought the game but at least we now know that the game will cost $12.70 on launch day (whenever that is), so that’s something right?
Awesome, to bad that they need patching before it actually works....
Since the PAL versions are so expensive to buy for PS1 and I'm not much of a PC gamer, I just bought them on PSN, and still have to get around to finishing them. They're good but.... Final Fantasy VII really hasn't aged that well. At least, graphically.
I have the original FF7 and 8 games for PC, and they're in perfect condition.
You're opinion =/= fact
Just because you don't think this game was amazing doesn't mean it isn't. Beauty is the eye of the beholder I guess you could say, and a lot of people love this game, and in my opinion the love it gets is well deserved.
i never got a chance to play it so im really excited for it
But now with Windows 7 it's more of an hassle haha, Chocobo patching, using the numpad to control it, finally installing the mods for it.
To bad they won't give it for free to anyone who still owns the PC version way back in 1998... I still do with all 4 CDs.... and I think I'm the only one who does too... everyone else got the Ultima (pirated) version of it.
Can't wait for the re-release. Some friends and I are already planning to race each other to see who escapes midgar first.
$12.70? Isn't the game $9.99 on PSN?
Still not as good as anyone says it is. It's average not worse than some of the modern games but still nowhere near good.
There were a lot of bugs in the orignal psx version like the famous magic defense bug. Hopefully they fixed those in this release. I am definately getting it though.
I think I still own the Demo Disc of FF7 that came with Tobal No. 1
It will release on Square Enix' online store.
where is it going to release? i'm a fan of turnbased rpg and i liked final fantasy 2 or 4 depending where u are
So my guess is that the game is ready to be downloaded. So does this mean that I can finally play Final Fantasy VII in the very near future?
Still have my Playstation disc copys, Pc is awesome and all but you can't beat the charm of the classic.
I owned the pc release when it came out way back in the day. The sound, control, and graphics were inferior to the psx version. I was really disappointed when I got to compare the two side by side. The only thing that was better were the full motion videos. They just seemed a bit clearer. I still own my original non-greatest hits version for the psx, my pc release, a greatest hits version, and a digital version on my psp. If this game has been re-polished for this latest release, I will buy it. I will wait to see the videos of it.
I had them on PSx and my buddy had them both for PC. I remember those times.
Good job Square Enix. Not only did you disappoint your fans with a non-working piece of downloaded software, but you stole their money as well. For shame.