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. Its currently unknown how this feature will be incorporated into the final game.