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Final Fantasy XV Delayed; Hour of Gameplay Revealed
Just when we all thought that Final Fantasy XV was finally going to get released, it gets delayed two more months. After a few different rumors last week were speculating that Square Enix would push the date back, they finally confirmed that November 29 is the new release date.
“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,” Director of the game, Hajime Tabata, said in a YouTube video released by Square Enix.
In this video, Tabata explains that the game is actually finished. They had planned to include a day-one patch that would be downloaded, but very thoughtfully decided to include that patch on the actual disk. This is a big deal. If someone with a bad internet connection wanted to play this game, they would have the best version of the game on the day they buy it, instead of having to download a big patch that could take them a while.
Recently, No Man’s Sky got a ton of flack from the public because of a day-one patch. The disk version of the game and the patched version of the game were fundamentally the same but with huge differences in the way they should be played. Maybe Square Enix saw the way that the public perceived this and changed their thought process to make consumers happy. Either way, this is a smart move if they are trying to please their fans.
On top of the delay, Square Enix decided to release about an hour of in-game footage while at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. In this hour of footage, you can see a lot of the game’s systems. Most importantly, you can watch your party members push a car for quite some distance. It’s a Final Fantasy game at the end of the day. The character design is nice, the world is beautiful, and the combat looks like the best the series has ever had.
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV is coming out on November 29 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.