Square Enix recently announced a whole new reason to bypass major gaming retailers and pre-order its upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake directly from the developer's in-house online store. \n \nToday, on the official Final Fantasy VII Remake Twitter account, Square let its fans know that anyone pre-ordering the game from the Square Enix Store will be entered for a chance to win a chronograph watch, themed to either Final Fantasy VII Remake's hero Cloud Strife, or its ultimate villain, Sephiroth. \n \nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/finalfantasyvii\/status\/1222963167094902784 \n \nAccording to the developer, this is not just an offer for new pre-orders. Everyone who has already pre-ordered any version of this game through the Square Enix store has automatically been entered into this exclusive contest. \n \nOf course, a pre-order does not guarantee that you'll receive the watch. It just gives you a chance to enter and win. That's the difference between a contest and a pre-order bonus. \n \nSquare has been heavily pushing sales for this game through its online store, which will ensure that all pre-orders are received via mail when the game is released this April. \n \nOne reason not to go the route of a Square Enix preorder is exclusive early releases that sometimes occur at major retailers like Game Stop. \n \nKingdom Hearts 3, Square's last major release, which came out one year ago this week, saw such an event. Game Stops around the country did a special 9 p.m. release of the game the night before it's official release date. \n \nFinal Fantasy VII Remake is a complete top-to-bottom remake of Final Fantasy VII, the 1997 classic RPG released on the original Sony PlayStation. It has been, without a doubt, one of the most popular RPGs of all time, seeing several remastered ports from PC, PlayStation 4, mobile platforms, and most recently The Nintendo Switch. \n \nHowever, this will mark the first time that a Final Fantasy title is completely remade from scratch, and gamers have been clamoring for it since it was first announced at E3 2015. \n \nThe game was initially slated for a March 2020 release, but saw a delay just a few weeks ago, also announced on the official Twitter account for the game. \n \nSquare moved the release date back to April 10, stating that it needed a few extra weeks of work to make sure that the game is perfect. \n \nA playable demo for the game was also spotted (and subsequently hacked) on the PlayStation Network, but there is no word on when or if that is going to be released to the public.