After the rumors that swept the internet across the weekend, Square Enix has finally made it official with a press release.
The massively anticipated JRPG Final Fantasy XV has been delayed by a couple of months to November 29th. The reason is as follows:
“This release 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.”
The press release also included a comment by Director Hajime Tabata:
“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.”
Square Enix also promised to clarify at a later time whether the release dates of the disc versions of the CGI movie Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV and of the anime series Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV will be changed or not, but they did mention that the August 30th digital launch for Kingslaive remains unchanged.
Interestingly, we learn that the master version of the game has actually been completed, and a 30 minute-long gameplay video based on it will be released tomorrow. The game will also be playable at Gamescom. While Square Enix is confident that the quality of this version would satisfy most users, the team’s objective is to deliver “a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality to every single person who buys the game,” and the master version “has not quite reached that standard yet.”
In order to bring the master version up to the quality level the team wants to achieve, a day one patch was in the works, but Tabata-san still felt that it wasn’t enough. The disk releasing on November 29th will include everything that was supposed to go into the day one patch “and a few extra things on top of that,” delivering what the team considers “the ultimate quality version of Final Fantasy XV.”
Ultimately, it’s worth remembering that this game has been in development for a long time, and the team has poured an enormous amount of effort into creating an experience that will make fans fall in love with Final Fantasy all over again.
If it helps us get the best possible experience, waiting two months longer will be worth it.
Below you can check out the full video message, directly from Tabata-san.