Final Fantasy XV Delay Confirmed, New Release Date Announced!
Coming just days after a rumors of a delay circulated the Internet, Square Enix has made an official press release confirming that Final Fantasy XV has indeed been delayed. Final Fantasy XV will now be releasing globally on November 29, which is almost two months from the previously announced date.
According to the press release, the delay "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."
Game Director, Hajime Tabata, has continued to share the reasoning behind the delay and why it is so important.
“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.
As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want FINAL FANTASY XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”
In an official YouTube announcement (below), Hajime Tabata further detailed more about the game by stating that the master version of Final Fantasy XV was completed just the other day. However, once work started on the day-one patch, it was found that the contents of the patch would be best shipped with the final game and not as a downloadable update.
Tabata felt that while the current version of the game would satisfy the majority of the players, he wanted to ensure that every single person that purchases the game receives the highest possible quality. This of course, would not be possible for those that could not connect their device to the internet. Tabata and his team realized that by delivering the master version that is currently finished, they would wind up regretting it.
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Also announced is that a 30 minute gameplay video will be released on August 16, which will showcase the current master version.
Despite the delay, hearing that Hajime Tabata and his team want to ensure that fans receive the best game possible on release, should be something to get the fans excited.
Are you happy to wait the extra two months or would you have just preferred day-one downloadable patches? Let us know in the comments section below!