Square Enix has confirmed that the rumours are indeed true.
Final Fantasy 15 has been delayed. You may now despair and rend your garments.
The title was confirmed for a September 30 release but earlier today there were murmurings of a two month delay. It turns out those rumours were spot on.
Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata appeared in the video above to make the official announcement. You can turn on the subtitles and watch his message, but for those of you who can’t, here’s the meat of it.
“Our objective with Final Fantasy XV was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality, to every single person who buys the game. We have completed the master version, but when it comes to that highest possible quality, we felt that 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. I have been thinking about this ever since we completed work on the master version.
“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. And I personally started developing Final Fantasy XV from a desire to let everyone play a Final Fantasy that was so outstanding and amazing, that it would send other games running in panic. I came to think that it might be a mistake just to deliver the master version we have finished to everyone. So I realized that if we were to go ahead and release it, then myself and my team would wind up regretting it.
“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 15 to the 29th of November 2016.”
So November’s release will essentially include everything that was going to be in the day one patch, as well as a few extras.
Tabata also mentioned the possibility of DLC further down the line.
Ultimately, two months isn’t that long to wait, and with the end of the year generally being a tad crowded with games, you can add Final Fantasy 15 to your Christmas list instead and play it over the holidays.