The rumor that appeared online this weekend regarding the Final Fantasy XV delay was confirmed by Hajime Tabata of Square Enix, in a video uploaded on YouTube on August 15, 2016.
According to the video below, the new release date for Final Fantasy XV is November 29, 2016.
Friday August 12, 2016 gamnesia posted an article containing an image sent to GameStop employees showing how to change the release date stickers on Final Fantasy XV promotional materials.
The image in question (see below) started multiple debates over the weekend, many users claiming that it’s fake.
Other sources including Kotaku tried to contact Square Enix for a confirmation on the rumor, but since it was weekend, nobody received an answer.
Players and fans of the franchise tried to reach their nearby Gamestop stores to confirm the delay but again, with no luck.
Because the weekend is over now, Square Enix decided to put an end to all debates with the help of a video they uploaded on YouTube.
While the video is in Japanese, you can turn on the subtitles and watch Hajime Tabata (FFXV game director) explaining why Final Fantasy XV was delayed.
If you don’t want to watch the whole video, here is the long story short.
Final Fantasy XV was delayed to November 29, 2016 because of a patch. Yes, the day-one patch we all know what it means.
While the studio finished working on the final version of FF XV, the day one patch comes with “substantial content” but it also requires an internet connection, which may not be available to all users.
Thus, Square Enix needs time to add everything included in the day one patch to the final version of the game (including the disc version). Hajime Tabata also added that:
“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.”
Keep in mind though that not all delays are bad, and most of them aim to deliver a better experience to consumers. There are still plenty of games to be played until November, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, etc.
If you didn’t pre-order the game yet, you can still get the Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition for $89.99.
Last week Square Enix also announced all pre-order bonuses for Final Fantasy XV Digital Premium Edition.