Final Fantasy XV is finally getting its stuff together after Final Fantasy fans waited for almost forever. Already 10 years in the making, Final Fantasy XV is finally coming to the PlayStation and Xbox consoles in 2016, Square Enix confirmed at the last Gamescom. And while Square Enix is notorious for eating their words and pushing their release dates, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata is assuring everyone that Final Fantasy XV is almost done and is definitely releasing before 2017.
At this point of the game’s development, Tabata has confirmed that Final Fantasy XV is already 65 percent complete. It took Square Enix years to arrive at 65 percent so is there assurance that they will be able to roll out Final Fantasy XV in time for the targeted 2016 release?
Tabata is confident that Final Fantasy XV will finally release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, an update from their previous target release for the last-gen consoles PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Apparently, what’s holding Final Fantasy XV up is the huge open-world map that the game is preparing for, something different from the previous Final Fantasy setups, iDigitalTimes reports.
IGN also highlights that one of the major factors causing the delay of Final Fantasy 15’s release is Square Enix’s decision to release Final Fantasy 15simultaneously worldwide, a first for a Final Fantasy title.
“Up until now in previous Final Fantasies, we’ve never attempted a complete global worldwide release with them. It’s always been the export model, where it comes out in Japan first and is then exported to other territories. We’re not doing that this time; we want to go full global release. [But] we found that we really didn’t have the internal structure which would facilitate doing that. So, we really had to adjust and make sure that ground work was done there internally so we were in a place where we could start doing that.”
Good news for all Final Fantasy fans who were disappointed at the lack of details released during the Gamescom, more details and a more solid Final Fantasy XV release date is pegged to be announced during the Pax Prime later this month. The Final Fantasy broadcast will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT on August 29, Saturday, and those who couldn’t come personally to Seattle to attend can watch the broadcast via Twitch.
And if you haven’t watched the Final Fantasy XV Dawn trailer released during the Gamescom, watch it below. It’s one tearjerker.
Final Fantasy XV is already available for pre-order at Amazon for $59.96. But if you like spoilers, Youtuber IZUNIY is already posting Final Fantasy XV gameplay on her YouTube account. Watch how Final Fantasy 15 deals with boss fights in one of her playthroughs below.
[Image via Final Fantasy XV Dawn Trailer]