Final Fantasy XV delayed to November 29

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Final Fantasy XV delayed to November 29
Game director Hajime Tabata says they've pushed back the release to deliver 'a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality to every single person who buys the game'

MANILA, Philippines – Fans of Final Fantasy will have to wait just a little bit longer for their latest dose of gaming goodness.

Square Enix announced on Monday, August 15, that it was pushing back the release date of Final Fantasy XV from September 30 to November 29 to allow for additional polish and quality testing.

Game director Hajime Tabata said the delay was meant to allow them to deliver “a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality to every single person who buys the game.”

In a video statement, Tabata said that while they have completed a production-ready version of the game, “when it comes to that highest possible quality, we felt that we had not quite reached this standard yet.”

Tabata “realized that if we were to go ahead and release it, then myself and my team would wind up regretting it.”

The full video statement is below. It’s in Japanese, so make sure to turn on closed captioning. 

Tabata added that Square Enix was also working on a day-one patch that would provide additional content, but opted to push back the release date so people who play the disc version without connecting their game console can receive the same experience.

The November 29 release will thus also allow Tabata’s team to not only add everything they intended to put in a day-one patch, but also “some extra things on top of that.”

Announced more than 10 years ago, Final Fantasy XV adding two more months to the wait doesn’t seem as bad as you’d expect. In the meantime, you can try to grab the digital version of its tie-in movie, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, on August 30. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.