The past week or so, we’d been seeing reports of a possible delay in the new Final Fantasy’s release date. Due to the lack of any such word from Square Enix, these reports were mostly put aside as rumors. But as it turns out, Final Fantasy XV is definitely getting delayed to later this year and we even have been given a date.
November 29th. Start making those corrections in your calendar as the new FF title has been delayed by nearly two months from the originally planned release date of September 30th. Bummer? Tell me about it.
Square Enix released a statement saying
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.
Hajime tabata (Game Director), mentioned in a video uploaded on youtube:
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.
Tabata explains the decision taken regarding the release as an effort to avoid making their players download a day one patch by simply applying the patch to the final game before releasing it. This is an appreciable effort by Square Enix. Most developers tend to roll out a bugged out or incomplete game and complete it in the form of patches, this tends to ruin the experience for their most loyal customers, who pre-order the game and are left to experience the parade of bugs and glitches.
You can check check out the entire video right here (only if you understand Japanese):