Square Enix Gives Final Fantasy VII to Angry Gamers for Free

| 7 Aug 2012 19:33

Early FFVII adopters are miffed after accidentally buying a broken, pre-release build.

Square Enix had a bit of a snafu a few days ago when the upcoming PC port of Final Fantasy VII made an unexpected early appearance, becoming briefly available for sale on the company's website. Sadly, since the game wasn't actually ready for primetime yet, it was unplayable - the SecuROM DRM refused to accept the ostensibly legitimate serial numbers customers had purchased. The response was less than enthusiastic, but Square Enix has announced its intent to make amends. Specifically, the company is giving all customers who bought Final Fantasy VII a refund and a free working copy of the game upon release.

In a statement to Kotaku, the developer explained that the erroneous listing was due to a problem during testing of the game's website. Square Enix also made sure to mention that the version sold was a "pre-release build" of the game, giving disappointed audiophiles a glimmer of hope that the final game might use the original soundtrack instead of the inferior MIDI version, which some intrepid file diggers reportedly found in the game's files. Of course, 'pre-release' could also just mean that the DRM doesn't work properly yet.

Square Enix did not mention exactly how many people bought the pre-release game, but claimed it was "a small number of people." Either way, getting Final Fantasy VII for free should assuage most angry early buyers, one of whom even threatened to contact the Better Business Bureau over the issue. The relatively quick and definitive response from the company may have only saved each buyer $12.70, but the public relations value for Square Enix was probably much higher.

While details about the game, like the intended release date, are still under wraps, Square Enix promised to release more information "shortly."

Source: Kotaku

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Erja_Perttu:

saintdane05:

Ledan:
Ah Square, playing with my heartstrings. Seems to be my faith isn't misplaced, but can we have KH3 now? And how about a really good Final Fantasy game like FF10?

It just came out. In Nintendo Power, the lead producer (I forget his name) said that Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is the equivalent of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Oh seriously? They really did that? Urgh, that's it, I'm not buying a fourth console to play that damned series.

OT: That sounds like a nice thing to do. Free stuff is always good!

But I hope the DRM on the game doesn't interfere with modding. That's the only reason I want it.

Nintendo Power's Summary: Gameplay wise, it is the most fun in the series. The story, however, is a convoluted mess that simply serves as a big ass retcon.

They're giving a functioning version of the game for free to people who bought the game. Umm... does anyone understand the concept of free?

All this is is due diligence so they don't get into legal hot water for selling non-functioning products.

saintdane05:

Ledan:
Ah Square, playing with my heartstrings. Seems to be my faith isn't misplaced, but can we have KH3 now? And how about a really good Final Fantasy game like FF10?

It just came out. In Nintendo Power, the lead producer (I forget his name) said that Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is the equivalent of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Oh seriously? They really did that? Urgh, that's it, I'm not buying a fourth console to play that damned series.

OT: That sounds like a nice thing to do. Free stuff is always good!

But I hope the DRM on the game doesn't interfere with modding. That's the only reason I want it.

Neronium:
I had a feeling Square Enix would do something like this because they aren't really ones to screw over their customers from my experience of buying games from them for years.

On the other hand, it's not like them to use SecuROM. The only other thing I can think of by them that does is the Batman games, and I always figured that was at the demand of Warner Bros. All of their other PC games are Steam-based nowadays.

Ledan:
Ah Square, playing with my heartstrings. Seems to be my faith isn't misplaced, but can we have KH3 now? And how about a really good Final Fantasy game like FF10?

It just came out. In Nintendo Power, the lead producer (I forget his name) said that Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is the equivalent of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Gearhead mk2:
In an age where the industry standard seems to be "screw over your customers as much as humanly possible", it's nice to see Square have a heart and a brain and actually treat people something close to right.

If they really wanted to treat their customers right, they'd sell it DRM-free. Pirates gonna torrent anyways, so all you're doing is penalizing those of us that want to buy it legitimately with a "feature" that at best is going to be inconvenient and at worst could seriously screw up our PCs.

Possibly the best outcome from a less than great situation.

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scorptatious:

Adam Jensen:
Can someone explain to me why SE even released this game on PC after all those years? Wasn't there already a PC version of this game? I don't play FF so I don't know what the big deal is with this game.

I'm pretty sure it's because the original PC version doesn't work on today's computers. I could be wrong though.

It does if you put it some effort, like most old games.

Ledan:
Ah Square, playing with my heartstrings. Seems to be my faith isn't misplaced, but can we have KH3 now? And how about a really good Final Fantasy game like FF10?

I agree with wanting Kingdom Hearts III, but I'd rather have another Final Fantasy game like FF9. Stop with the bumping up graphics to scenery porn levels at expense of writing. Stop trying to make your stories "deep". Just give us a Final Fantasy game. Go back to basics. Go back to what made Final Fantasy popular.

Securom, everybody's favourite DRM. When are company's going to learn to release games without any DRM because it only harms the customers...never?...Okay.

Zaik:
lulz securom?

What is this 1995?

That shit will be on torrent sites within 24 hours of release, if not sooner. Why even bother?

It wouldn't surprise me if the pre-release is now out on like that.

lulz securom?

What is this 1995?

That shit will be on torrent sites within 24 hours of release, if not sooner. Why even bother?

Ah Square, playing with my heartstrings. Seems to be my faith isn't misplaced, but can we have KH3 now? And how about a really good Final Fantasy game like FF10?

Adam Jensen:
Can someone explain to me why SE even released this game on PC after all those years? Wasn't there already a PC version of this game? I don't play FF so I don't know what the big deal is with this game.

no idea, there's a PC version of FF8 to, and honestly it'll take more then a texture update to make worth while.

as to why its popular .... no idea, I'm an FF6 elitist :D

but i find this video pretty accurate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_yFZZdYrVw&list=EL-gTkWQW03Dw&index=10&feature=plpp_video

Is this an updated version, or just a rerelease of the original game?

That's a lot more than i would have done to ammend the mistake.

Adam Jensen:
Can someone explain to me why SE even released this game on PC after all those years? Wasn't there already a PC version of this game? I don't play FF so I don't know what the big deal is with this game.

I'm pretty sure it's because the original PC version doesn't work on today's computers. I could be wrong though.

I only have this to say:

"Fuck Square-Enix. >:("

That is all.

I've been down on Square Enix in recent years, and this is still a fuckup but I'm proud of how they handled this. Short of actually getting on camera and apologising directly to the fans, this is about as well as you could've handled it. You'll see nothing but applause from me for it.
The members of the community who still shits all over the people who bought the game, however, you guys are still cock monchers.

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