Square Enix Responds To COVID-19 Crisis

Here's what the Final Fantasy publisher had to say about the ongoing health pandemic.

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Square Enix has become the latest publisher to comment on the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In a blog post, Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers started off by saying the teams at Square Enix are supporting each other and their families and friends, as well as the gaming community at large, during this stressful time.

Rogers said Square Enix has been following the health and safety guidelines that local governments have put forward recently. In February, Square Enix stopped allowing domestic and international business travel for its employees, in addition to limiting the number of people who visit its offices.

Additionally, Square Enix is now allowing its developers to work from home, similar to countless other developers, including Bungie and Rockstar Games.

For those who cannot work from home, Square Enix has put measures in place to "reduce office density" by staggering work hours.

Rogers also stressed that Square Enix's teams will continue to support its live service games, while work on upcoming titles will continue. While Square Enix won't have an E3 presence--because that show has been canceled--the company is planning to host a "digital showcase" for some of its upcoming games. Square Enix has a number of marquee games coming up this year, including the much-anticipated Avengers game.

Also in the blog post, Rogers reiterated that Final Fantasy VII Remake is on track to launch on April 10 as scheduled, but he noted that deliveries of the game's physical copies may be delayed due to disruptions to the supply chain and the closure of some physical stores.

"There is no question that these are uncertain times," Rogers said. "While we don’t know how long these measures will remain in effect, we want to reassure gamers that we will do everything in our power to keep you entertained and connected with your friends across the globe as we work through these challenging times together."

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