Final Fantasy XV delayed again in order to avoid dayone patch

first_imgSquare Enix revealed earlier today  that Final Fantasy XV has been delayed once again to November, not helping to quell the cries of “Vaporware!” that fans have been making for many years.You can’t really blame them. After a staggering 10-year development cycle it was announced earlier this year that Final Fantasy XV was finally going to be released on September 30. Now we can expect an additional two months of waiting… but it’s for a good cause.In a press release and video message from Hajime Tabata, the game’s game director, he revealed that the global release date is being delayed t0 November 29 in order to avoid a huge day one patch. They are confident in the master version of the game (the final version that will end up printed to disc) but they have been working on further refinements which would only  be available as a patch that will be available upon release. So they are pushing back the date in order to get this new improved version on the disc therefore avoiding having to ask gamers to carry out a big download before being able to play it.“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,” said Tabata. “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.” To quell any more rumors they are creating a 30-minute gameplay video that will release on August 16, and the master version of the game will also be playable at Gamescom this year. Of course, two more months shouldn’t be hard for die-hard fans to wait, but it’s a bit sad that they will never claim Duke Nukem Forever’s crown as king of the delayed titles. Just five more years!Square Enix also announced that they haven’t decided if the disc release dates of both the feature-length tie-in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the web anime series Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV will be changed or unchanged, although the digital release date of Kingsglaive is still set for August 30. (Note- after publication we received word from Sony that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will still be released on August 19 in select theaters nationwide, on Digital HD on August 30, and then on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 4.)First revealed as Final Fantasy Versus XIII at the 2006 E3, Final Fantasy XV was announced at the same time as Final Fantasy XIII for the PS3, to give you an idea of how long this has been in the works. The development has consisted of changes of every conceivable type- name, production, engine, gameplay, and platform. It’s basically unrecognizable from the game that was originally promised, and is now an open-world adventure with real-time “Active Cross Battle” combat.A demo for the game titled Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae was released in March 2015 with the first print copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and at E3 this year a demo failed to leave much of an impression on audiences who saw our hero ineffectively battling a giant’s forearm.When it releases it will be the third part of the weirdly Latin-themed (Latin as in the dead language, not Latino) Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy mythos, even though it will be the sixth installment released when (if?) it does.That’s not stopping the promotion for the game, though. Just a few days ago Florence + the Machine released three songs created specifically for the game– Too Much Is Never Enough, I Will Be, and Stand By Me, a cover of the Ben E. King classic. The latter is the theme song for the game, as well.While the artist may seem like a random pick for the game, Florence has apparently always been a fan of the series.Even with the official delay, fans can pick up a Digital Premium Edition of Final Fantasy XV complete with six DLC packs, which will also be available as a Season Pass. Xbox One and PS4 owners will also get console-specific bonuses such as Xbox Avatar Items or PlayStation themes and soundtracks.So was Square Enix right to delay the game? Would you have rather had the game earlier with the day one patch, or do you appreciate them making this fairer for everyone?last_img read more