Square noted tha the “augmented” pre-order program was met with widely critical criticism from the community, thus the program is cancelled. The program was set to reward all pre-orders based on how many pre-orders the game got. The more people signed up, the high the tiers would go for a selection of rewards. The ultimate reward was Square Enix releasing the game 4 days early, but other rewards included in-game items, bonus missions, or even the soundtrack to the game.
Square has explained:
“When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of preorder incentives,” Square explained. “In the past, when we chose those packages ourselves and split them across regions, it has caused frustration.”
“We quickly noticed that this [new] approach created even more frustration, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback.”
Square has instead unlocked all rewards for anyone that pre-orders the game and gets a “Day 1 Edition” version of the game. The game will also not change release date based on pre-orders and will instead release on February 23rd.