Final Fantasy XV has created much hype before its release, and there have been several reports recently claiming that the release of this role-playing game has been delayed. Now Square Enix has confirmed a new launch date for the game.
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Final Fantasy XV – delayed for two months
Earlier, the game was scheduled for launch on September 30, but the new date is November 29.
“The new date will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams,” said Square Enix in a statement.
Game director Hajime Tabata said the moment their team joined the project, they were aiming at creating a level of freedom and realism that had not been seen earlier in the series. Tabata said he regrets to say that he still needs some more time to deliver on this vision, and hence this delay. Hopefully by the time of the release, they will be able to accomplish their vision. Tabata added that being the director and lead of this project, he wishes to extend a personal apology for the delay.
“As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”
What caused the delay?
In a video posted on YouTube, Tabata explains that the team has finished working on the “master version” of the game and is working on a day-one patch. Tabata said that along with the final game, the contents of the patch will be shipped as well, and thus won’t be offered as a downloadable update. This was the chief reason behind the delay of the game’s release. Tabata is considering even more patches and DLC in the future for players with an online connection.
There are many stores that have not been briefed of the delay as yet. Final Fantasy XV standees are already available at many GameStops showing the old September release date and instructions to put them up Sunday night or Monday morning. Most likely they will start receiving stickers with the new release date soon.
One should not be upset with this delay as delays are usually a good thing for almost all. There have long been rumors of Final Fantasy XV being in a rough shape from a technical perspective. Two months is a large amount of time for optimization and polish. If this goes according to plan, we should get a better game.
Square Enix will confirm at a later date whether or not this delay will have impact the disc release of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV. The delay, however, won’t impact the August 30 digital release of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy XV will launch on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.