Update: Final Fantasy XV‘s director, Hajime Tabata, confirmed in a video that the game will release on November 29. Tabata further added that a “day one” patch was developed after the master hit gold. However, in order to provide a hassle-free experience of downloading it, the day-one patch will be included in the game discs. That means, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users won’t have to waste their time and precious bandwidth to download the patch. Watch the Tabata elaborating on the same below. Turn on Close Captioning for English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, and Korean subtitles.
Square Enix has delayed Final Fantasy XV, which is now set to release on November 29, reports Gamnesia. This highly-awaited role-playing game was previously expected to arrive on September 30, 2016. Kotaku corroborated the delay after receiving confirmation from a GameStop source, and other non-retail sources.
This science-fiction and fantasy RPG has been in development for about a decade now. Adding two more months to that might barely make a difference to the hardcore fan of RPGs and the series. Many were disappointed to hear about the delay and hence reached out to GameStop for the confirmation of the delay.
GameStop, the gaming retail store, had already received the promotional material, but the date on them was still September 30. GameStop staff was informed not to put up any of those materials until August 14. Gamnesia managed to get an image of the leaked instructions for the promotional materials and added that GameStop will receive stickers mentioning the new release date of November 29.
Confirmed with another non-retail source: FFXV delay is real.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 14, 2016
Square Enix has been radio silent over the reported new Final Fantasy XV release date. Or the publisher didn’t respond since it was a weekend. However, at times, delays can be a good thing to let the developers polish up the rough edges of the game content.
Square Enix is loading Final Fantasy XV with a variety of material for the hardcore fans of the series. At the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event in March, the publisher announced some exclusive content tied up with its new RPG.
A CG animated film, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV starring Sean Bean, which is a prequel to the game, has been released in Japan last month. The movie will be released on August 19 in select theaters nationwide, on Digital HD on August 30, and will be followed by the DVD release on October 4.
Three episodes of the six-part anime series titled Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV have already aired, starting back in March. The final episode is scheduled to release on September 30, but that again can be a tentative date.
— Final Fantasy XV (@FFXVEN) July 7, 2016
With regards to DLC content, a season pass for the game will bag you six Final Fantasy XV DLC packs, as reported by the Inquisitr. For those who wish to buy the DLC along with the game, expect to shell out $84.99 for the Final Fantasy XV Digital Premium Edition. The publisher’s community manager clarified that the DLC content is not sliced out from the core game, but is a result of a separate further development, and therefore adds to the game post-story.
Meanwhile, Square Enix has been dodging questions and requests related to possible co-op capabilities in the game.
The publisher had announced the CG animated movie, six-part animated series, and collaboration with a British band in March in Los Angeles, reported Eurogamer. All of this content can be expected to be bundled with a Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collectors Edition for $269.99. Although, you’ll have to buy the anime episodes separately.
Square Enix roped U.K.’s indie rock band, Florence + The Machine to release some new tracks for the game. Over the weekend, the band released three songs, which include two original songs, titled “Too Much Is Never Enough” and “I Will Be,” along along with a cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” reported Rolling Stone.
The singer of the band, Florence Welch, said that the game is beautiful and creative. All three songs are available from iTunes.
— florence welch (@flo_tweet) August 12, 2016
Nintendo reportedly confirmed that the RPG game would release on the upcoming Nintendo NX console in March of 2017, yet Final Fantasy XV’s director, Hajime Tabata, noted that the team is not focusing on the Nintendo NX console right now, as reported by the Inquisitr. It’s quite obvious that Square Enix’s energy won’t be dedicated to a gaming console which is yet to see daylight, commercially.
Though Final Fantasy XV is delayed until November 29, gamers and fans can expect more goodies coming their way. The game is set to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles, and will run $59.99 for the Day One Edition and $89.99 for the Deluxe Edition. The publisher hasn’t announced the PC version as yet.
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