Hajime Tabata, Director of Final Fantasy XV, published a video earlier today to confirm some news we had been hearing rumored about. His highly anticipated Final Fantasy entry will not be making its September 30th release date.
“The Waiting is the Hardest Part”
Tabata begins breaking down the situation with some good news:
“We completed work on the master version of Final Fantasy XV the other day. You can think of a master version, as it is known, as what you get on the disc when you buy the game. We felt that the quality of this version will satisfy most players out there.”
Then, comes the news of the delay:
“Our objective with Final Fantasy XV was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality, to every single person that buys the game. We completed the master version, but when it comes to that highest possible quality, we felt we had not quite reached this standard yet. Accordingly, in order to make this master version an even better product, we have been creating a downloadable add-on known as a patch. This has been worked on with the intention of releasing it on the same day the game comes out, so it would be what people call a “day one patch”. However, a patch is not something that can be applied by all players who have bought the game.
It is impossible to provide this patch to everyone who plays without connecting their games machine to the internet. On top of that, the day one patch has pretty substantial content in it, but to me it feels as though it is still one step away from that truly ultimate quality we are striving for. We have put our whole lives into developing this game, with the intent of bringing the highest quality of game experience to every single player who buys it. I came to think that it might be a mistake just to deliver the master version we have finished to everyone.
We held a presentation in March and announced that Final Fantasy XV would have a simultaneous worldwide release on the 30th of September. I am very sorry, but I must ask for just a little more time to polish our game up some more. We are changing the release date of Final Fantasy XV to the 29th of November 2016.”
You can check out Tabata’s explanation and apology in the video just below. The gentlemen is actually quite longwinded, the video is nearly 6 minutes of him talking to the fans. Bottom line is, we’re going to be waiting two additional months for Final Fantasy XV. Hang in there, folks…