After being in development for over a decade, Final Fantasy XV‘s release has been delayed by two months. The new release date for Final Fantasy XV has been pushed to November 29th (world-wide), instead of the original date of September 30th. Square Enix released the video below to explain the reasons for the delay, and to give an update on where Final Fantasy XV‘s development stands at the current time. Closed Captioning can be turned on for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.
In the video, Final Fantasy XV Game Director Hajime Tabata explains that they have already finished Final Fantasy XV‘s master version, but wanted extra time to “deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality, to every single person who buys the game.” Tabata states that the current version of Final Fantasy XV hasn’t (yet) reached the highest possible standard. The team planned on including a day-one patch which would add of lot of the improvements the team has been working, but ultimately decided to postpone the release to include these improvements within the game itself. Tabata makes mention that a large factor in their decision to delay the release are the players who won’t have internet access to download a day-one patch. Tabata, and his team, want all players to enjoy Final Fantasy XV in the most polished, and impressive state, regardless of their ability to download a day-one patch.
Square Enix is also creating a 30-minute gameplay video that they plan on releasing tomorrow, August 16th. The video will show the current master version of the game, and Tabata invites players to watch the video to check on their progress. He also mentions that Final Fantasy XV‘s master version will be playable at Gamescom later this month.
The confirmation of the delay comes after Gamnesia’s report claiming they had been tipped off by a member of GameStop’s management team regarding the delay. After originally posting their report, Gamnesia was contacted by several other GameStop employees confirming the delay. Sources for the website Gematsu also confirmed the rumors of the delay. Changes to the promotional material have reached a number of the retail stores, including the instructions to change the release date (seen on the right). The updates to the in-store promos were scheduled to be updated earlier this morning in anticipation of Square Enix‘s announcement.