The wait for Final Fantasy VII Remake will be just a little bit longer.

The highly-anticipated title has been delayed just over a month from March 3 to April 10, developer and publisher Square Enix announced Tuesday morning.

In a statement released online, producer Yoshinori Kitase cited wanting a few extra weeks of polish as the reason for the delay.

“We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on. In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020.

We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience. I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.”

While a delay is never ideal, the new release date brings some good news and (for avid gamers) bad news.

The good news is that April 10 lands on a Friday, whereas the original March 3 release was a Tuesday, so fans can jump right into the weekend with the newly-imagined Midgar.

The bad news is that the delay puts the game right in the middle of a schedule where it will run back-to-back with several other high-profile releases.

Starting with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons and id Software’s Doom Eternal on March 20, Atlus’ Persona 5 Royal will have its Western release on March 31, followed by Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3 a few days later on April 3. Then comes Final Fantasy VII Remake on the 10th, and finally CD Projekt Red’s Cypberpunk 2077 on April 16.

For anyone interested in multiple titles on that list, brace yourselves…and try to schedule as much time off as you can.

Final Fantasy VII Remake, which will be releasing first on PlayStation 4, wasn’t the only game Square Enix announced a delay for. Marvel’s Avengers, developed by Crystal Dynamics, was also pushed back from May 15 to Sept. 4.

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Nick T
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Nick is a junior staff writer at GAW who loves hockey and a good RPG. The first game he played was Ice Hockey on a hand-me-down NES, and having grown up with the PS1, he knows the first three Crash Bandicoot games like the back of his hand and can recite every track from PaRappa the Rapper on the spot if you ask him to. Along with writing for GAW, Nick also works on the sports desk at the Philadelphia Inquirer. If he isn't on skates in his free time, he's probably trying to cycle through several 60-plus hour games at once.