Square Enix has confirmed the veracity of numerous reports floating around by announcing that their much-awaited action role-playing game, Final Fantasy XV, will indeed see a delayed launch. The upcoming game that was originally scheduled for a September 30 release will not see the light of the day before November 29, thus extending the wait for their fans by almost two whole months.
Why Company Delayed the Release Date of Final Fantasy XV
The news had come coupled with an official announcement from the game’s director Hajime Tabata, who said: “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. 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.”
While this announcement rolls out pretty much as expected, that is, without giving out any substantial details about the actual reasons for the delay, a video from the makers on their official YouTube channel helped shed more light on some of the real causes, which appear to be because of a new patch. In the video, Tabata says that the makers were not satisfied with just finishing their work on the master version of Final Fantasy XV, and had already commenced working on a downloadable add-on, better known as a patch, to further elevate the master version. This patch, according to the makers, will carry some “pretty substantial content”.
Final Fantasy XV Downloadable Patch For Everyone!
But a downloadable patch would mean that gamers would not be able to able to play the improved version of Final Fantasy XV unless their consoles were connected to the internet. As Tabata explains: “A patch is not something that can be applied to all players who have bought the game. It is impossible to provide this patch to everyone who plays without connecting their game machines to the Internet”.
This brings us to the main reason for the delay in launching Final Fantasy XV, as cited by the makers, who felt that the contents of the patch should not just be available as a downloadable update, but instead should be shipped with the final version. “The disc that is going on sale on the 29th of November will contain everything 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 being the ultimate quality version of Final Fantasy XV to all the players who play without connecting online as well,” Tabata confirms in the video.