Early Final Fantasy VII PC buyers to get refunds and free copy

A few days ago, a few PC gamers stumbled onto a link to purchase and download a copy of the previously announced re-release of Final Fantasy VII. Those people later discovered they could not actually play the fantasy RPG game due to DRM issues.

Now Square Enix has admitted that the early release of Final Fantasy VII was a mistake. In a statement sent to Kotaku, the publisher said:

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.

Square Enix has promised to not only offer a refund to those people who bought the unplayable early build of the game but will also provide them with a free copy of the final version of the Final Fantasy VII remake when it becomes available later this year.

The new version will have a number of new features, including being able to unlock 36 achievements, a cloud-based save game feature and, more curiously, a Character Booster feature that will let players max out their character stats. It's currently unknown how this feature will be incorporated into the final game.

Source: Kotaku

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Wait, so you can re-buy the game, but now with DRM? OH JOY. It's not like copies of that ISO aren't everywhere or anything. Leave the DRM off and you wouldn't have these problems.

KSib said,
Wait, so you can re-buy the game, but now with DRM? OH JOY. It's not like copies of that ISO aren't everywhere or anything. Leave the DRM off and you wouldn't have these problems.

The article was about how some people were able to buy a pre-release version which they couldn't play - a version they weren't supposed to have access to in the first place.

soldier1st said,
Adding built in cheats will ruin the game.

How so? If they are totally optional, no harm done. Not like someone will be pointing a gun to your head and making you use them. (at least we hope)

I was all for a remake. With todays graphics and some amazing cut scenes but this is just disappointing. They are milking. Adding a few features..blah. This could of been so much more.

Do I get a free copy since I own both the original PC and PS versions of FF7?

No?

Then SE can sod off. Not paying for a 3rd copy which comes with built in 'cheats' to make the game easier and not have any other improvements (ie. remake).