Square-Enix will be refunding fans’ money and offering them a free copy of Final Fantasy VII after a pre-release version of the game was accidentally sold over the weekend.

Some players were thrilled to download the PC version of Final Fantasy VII after it appeared up for sale on the games’ website. The game cost US$12.70, however once the title was installed an error message would prevent players from using the game.

The reason was thought to be a Digital Rights Management (DRM) issue, due to the wording of the error message. Square-Enix, however, confirmed the copy users were buying was actually a pre-release copy of the game and was not functional on a standard PC.

It turns out that the company were testing the website ahead of the game’s actual release, but avid fans quickly snatched up the opportunity to purchase the game as soon as it went up. Since the game is un-playable, Square-Enix has announced those affected will receive a refund, and will be able to download the game for free once it actually releases;

“This weekend, our teams were testing the product website for the upcoming relaunch of Final Fantasy VII on PC.” The publisher said in a statement. “While the website was being tested in its live state, a small number of people were able to purchase a pre-release build of the game. For those customers, Square Enix will be offering full refunds for the purchases and for their inconvenience, a free version of the classic Final Fantasy VII on PC when it is launched.

“We want to thank our community for their continued support and excitement regarding the upcoming rerelease of Final Fantasy VII. We will have more information to share about the launch of this anticipated title shortly.”

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