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Final Fantasy XV Release Date Delayed To November 29

The global release of Final Fantasy XV has been delayed to November 29, 2016, Square Enix announced today. “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 director Hajime Tabata in a press release. “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.”

Speaking in a video posted to YouTube (embedded above), Tabata explained that the team had finished working on a "master version" of Final Fantasy XV, and subsequently began working on a day-one patch. According to the video, Tabata felt that the contents of the patch should ship with the final game and not just be applied as a downloadable update, which led to the decision to delay the game's release date.

Square Enix will confirm whether this delay will affect the disc release of both Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV "at a later time."

Unlike other publishers that take gamers' bandwidth for granted, it's heartening to know that Square Enix's delay this time around is for the right reasons. In our impressions of FFXV's demos - Episode Duscae and the more recent FFXV Platinum Demo, the technical aspects of the game require some fine-tuning. Besides, there hasn't been a Final Fantasy game that's launched in a state that warranted a patch and it would be a pity for Square Enix to allow that now. Regardless of the series' content quality, for most part they've been technical showcases for many a console.

Hopefully this is the last delay for the long awaited JRPG. Although a November release puts it in the sights of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dishonored 2, Gran Turismo Sport, Watch Dogs 2, and Pokemon Sun and Moon. It will be interesting to see if FFXV can stand out in a packed month filled with other high profile games.

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