Over the weekend, Gamnesia reported that a source within GameStop management told the site that Final Fantasy XV had been delayed to November 29. Although most of us took this report with a grain of salt, Square Enix has officially confirmed today that these rumours are in fact true.
In a video released on the game's Youtube channel, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata apologized fans and explained the reason for the delay. According to Tabata, development of the "master version" of the game is now complete, however, he and his team feel that Final Fantasy XV still hasn't achieved the standard of highest possible quality. Although this could have been fixed and improved with a day 1 patch, Tabata decided that the best option was to delay the game.
"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," said Tabata. "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."
Final Fantasy XV releases on the 29th of November on PS4 and Xbox One.