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According to Twitter user @AtelierTool, the game has a Steam AppID buried in its files, something required for all games on Valve’s platform. It was seemingly created in October 2020, which was 6 months after the game’s debut on PlayStation 4.
Players have also noticed when downloading the PC version that the game contains a ‘Steamworks’ folder among its files, suggesting that the Steam version is likely imminent as soon as the exclusivity deal with the Epic Game Store expires.
Forspoken - The Game Awards 2021 trailer
Final Fantasy 7’s PC launch has been marred with controversy, the largest of which seems to be Square Enix’s decision to sell the game for $70/ £69.99, which puts it in line with the next-generation consoles, but is far higher than other PC titles released by the publisher.
Square Enix appears to be the first major publisher to bring $70 pricing to PC platforms.
The issue of next-gen prices is a divisive one, and publishers have yet to find a common ground. Last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan defended the company’s decision to price select first-party PS5 games at $70, such as Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition.
And asked by The Telegraph if he considers $70/£70 to be a fair price for a video game, PlayStation boss Ryan said: “Yes, yes, I do. If you measure the hours of entertainment provided by a video game, such as Demon’s Souls compared to any other form of entertainment, I think that’s a very straightforward comparison to draw.”
Speaking to the Washington Post last year, Xbox head Phil Spencer was non-committal on the subject, stating: “As an industry, we can price things whatever we want to price them, and the customer will decide what the right price is for them.”