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What Platforms Will Final Fantasy 7 Remake Be On?

Cloud is making a return, and this time he's not a polygonal, blocky mess. In Final Fantasy 7 Remake, characters are rendered in near-photorealistic detail. The graphics are gorgeous, supported by the power of the PlayStation 4. This much-anticipated remake is the first PlayStation exclusive of 2020, but it will only remain exclusive to Sony's platform for a year.

If you take a close look at the cover of the physical release for the game, there is a rather telling sticker in the lower right corner. It reads: "PlayStation exclusive play first on PS4," followed by an asterisk and fine print, "Timed Exclusive until 3/21/2021." This seems to mean that in 2021, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be free to release on alternate platforms like Xbox One or PC. Perhaps even the Nintendo Switch? Only time will tell.

You'll also have to wait to find out if this year-long exclusivity will apply to the other two parts of the remake. Square Enix went all out, splitting the game into three parts that will each release as their own AAA title. It's unclear how soon you'll get to see the second part of Cloud and his crew's adventures, or if PlayStation will have first dibs on this release as well.

Exclusives aren't exactly exclusive these days. More and more studios are embracing the strategy of getting their games into as many players' hands as possible, even if that means breaking with tradition and moving on to new platforms. While the Final Fantasy series has long been associated with PlayStation, Final Fantasy 15 launched on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, even moving to PC two years later. Many other titles within the franchise have also gone multi-platform.

It looks like the same thing is happening for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Expect the game to move on to more consoles in 2021.