15 Aug 2016 10:20 AM +00:00 UTC

Final Fantasy XV Creator Confirms Delay in Official Announcement

It's finally official. Square Enix and Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata have confirmed that fans will have to wait two months to get their hands on the game.

Tabata confirmed that the team has already completed the work for the master version of Final Fantasy XV. He then explains what a master version is, that it is the game that can be seen in the disc.

However, the bad news in the video announcement is that the game will be delayed. This follows previous speculations after a GameStop employee had supposedly tipped off websites for the delay.

"Our objective with FFXV 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."

Tabata also adds that the team is currently busy in creating a downloadable patch, a day one patch. For him, he does not feel that the game as it is now should be shipped to viewers, as it not only does not include the patch, but also the substantial content that it will deliver.


On a nice note, Tabata did feel that the goal of the delay is to make a Final Fantasy game that was "so outstanding and amazing, that it would send other games running in panic."

"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. The disc that is going on sale… will contain everything that was scheduled to be on the day one patch, as well as some extra things on top of that. So we will be delivering what we consider to be the ultimate quality version of FFXV to all the players who play without connecting online as well."

Tabata added that there will be further patches and DLCs for those who are connecting to the Internet after purchasing the base game.

The official announcement is so formal, it's hard to get mad at Tabata-san and the rest of the team. You can feel the regret of pushing back the game even more, but also the intention behind the delay.

On the flip side, they are also creating a gameplay video that runs for 30 minutes based on the master version. The video will be available in English, with a Japanese version and other languages to be featured afterwards. It's slated to be released on Aug. 16 so at least we can check out that much while we wait around for the two-month delay.

For fans who are going to Gamescom, the good news is that you can take the Final Fantasy XV master version for a spin at the event.

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