We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you were looking forward to some sleepless nights in October, glued to a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One console playing the next Final Fantasy game, you’re out of luck.
Square Enix, the video game company behind Final Fantasy XV, confirmed overnight that one of 2016’s biggest titles is getting delayed. The game won’t be released on September 30th; it will be available globally on November 29, or two months after its intended release. News of the delay was accurately reported by multiple sites prior to Square giving the official word.
It’s not rare for titles to be pushed back from their original release dates. Grand Theft Auto V, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and more recently, No Man’s Sky have seen setbacks — some more than once. Duke Nukem Forever languished 15 years in developmental limbo, and it took forever to arrive (we’re sorry).
By now, you may be thinking, “Well, the game is 10 years in the making, so what’s another couple of months?” And you’re probably right. Usually when games are not deferred to a later period, they’re riddled with bugs and glitches that require a massive “Day 1” update to fix anyway.
Which is exactly what the makers of Final Fantasy XV, the most massive installment in the series yet, are trying to avoid.
In a video, director Hajime Tabata explained why the game had to be delayed, noting his team’s objective was “to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest quality,” something they haven’t achieved yet. So rather than releasing a subpar product that would have prevented players from playing offline at launch, the developers decided it would be best to push the title back.
You can read Square Enix’s official statement below.
To deliver the iconic FINAL FANTASY experience to audiences around the world, SQUARE ENIX® today announced that the global release date for FINAL FANTASY® XV will be November 29, 2016. This release date will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.
We’ll notify whether the release dates for the disc version of both KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV™ and BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV™ will be changed or unchanged at a later time. The release date of KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV digital version is unchanged from August 30.