As was rumored late last week, Square Enix has officially delayed Final Fantasy 15 to November 29, 2016 on all platforms.
According to a press release, Final Fantasy XV’s delay was put into place so that the development teams could ‘further polish and conduct quality testing’ in an effort to make the game match the expectations of fans and its creative team.
“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 game director Hajime 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.”
Word began to spread on Friday about a possible Final Fantasy 15 delay after Gamnesia’s Ben Lamoreux was told by his sources at Gamestop that new marketing materials containing a new release date arrived and Gamestop employees were being told to place the new date over the old one.
Now, we know that the information is accurate, so +1 to Ben for the find.
Our take: It’s probably a good thing that the game is delayed, as much as we hate to admit it. With so many big AAA releases hitting the market in such a janky state, it’s best that Square Enix takes their time with FFXV‘s development to deliver the best experience possible. Honestly, I’ve been expecting the game to be delayed into 2017, so at least it’s still set for 2016.
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