After 24 hours of swirling rumors regarding the delay of Final Fantasy XV, director Hajime Tabata himself addressed the delay and offered his apologies to the fans. An official press release followed soon after (see below)
Previously announced to be released on September 30th (to much fanfare I would add), Final Fantasy XV has been eagerly anticipated by the gaming community for the better part of a decade now. On that scale, another 2 months is largely acceptable.
I like to note that I appreciate the way the delay has been handled thus far. Director Tabata seemed to be very sincere in his apologies and did his best to explain why the extra time was so important. Unlike recent projects that suffered multiple, extended delays *coughmightyno9cough*, Square Enix has gone through great lengths to make sure their fans understand why the delay is happening, while also not moving the goalposts too far.
That being said, it would be naïve to think that the delay won’t have a negative impression on a segment of their base.
As always, we can hope that the extra time allows for a polished and near-perfect technical experience when the game does arrive on November 29th.
You can view the official press release and director Tabata’s video below.
TOKYO / LONDON / LOS ANGELES (Aug. 15, 2016) – To deliver the iconic FINAL FANTASY experience to audiences around the world, SQUARE ENIX® today announced that the global release date forFINAL FANTASY® XV will be November 29, 2016.
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.
“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,” said Hajime Tabata the game director. “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.”
Full comments from Tabata are available at:
We’ll notify whether the release dates for the disc version of bothKINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV™ and BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV™ will be changed or unchanged at a later time. The release date of KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV digital version is unchanged from August 30.
This game is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
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Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content around the world. The Square Enix group of companies includes a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 115 million units worldwide; and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 45 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
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