‘Final Fantasy 15’ PS4 Pro: ‘FF XV’ Release Date Patch For PlayStation 4 Pro To Have Better Graphics With Update, Says Hajime Tabata

Bryan Star - Author

Oct. 28 2016, Updated 5:05 a.m. ET

Final Fantasy XV is quickly approaching.

We’ve been holding onto the hope that we’d get to experience the beauty of Noctis’s grand adventure. While games like World of Final Fantasy have whet our appetite, Final Fantasy XV looks like a buffet that will require carefully placed napkins. Some have most likely gone through withdrawals, as the game was set to release back in September. Thanks to director Hajime Tabata, however, the epic RPG was placed on hold for further polish.

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While the Final Fantasy series hasn’t always been about graphics (Final Fantasy VII and block hands, anyone?), much speculation has fallen around the recently announced PlayStation 4 Pro and whether or not it will improve the graphics on an already beautiful Final Fantasy XV. Fans are more than ready to fork out the extra cash to see greater spell and warp combat. Fortunately, it looks like Tabata has answered questions and spoken on the possibility.

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In a report by Gameblog, Hajime Tabata spoke at the Tokyo Game Show. While the original text is French, translation allows us to get Tabata’s thoughts on the matter. According to him, Final Fantasy XV will receive a patch on day one. The patch will include support for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Naturally, it can be expected that we’ll see an even greater visual for the game.

Of course, the PlayStation 4 Pro hasn’t reached shelves yet. We’re not sure just how powerful the console will be, but Sony believes that it warrants making a new console that will improve on the original PlayStation 4’s graphic ability. While some would say that Final Fantasy XV shouldn’t be about the graphics, there are many who would disagree. There’s some controversy over how the graphics have decreased in quality as more content is added in Final Fantasy XV. If this is true, only time will tell if the sacrifice is worth the gameplay.

We’ve been looking at the evolution of Final Fantasy XV for quite some time now. It started out as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but over time saw a change. Much speculation has come with it, but we’re reaching the end as the new release date approaches.

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It’s interesting to note that Hajime Tabata hadn’t always had these answers in regards to the PlayStation 4 Pro. It was reported by Hobby Consolas that an interview was conducted with Tabata in regard to fan questions. Based on the interview, we find that it was questionable as to whether or not Final Fantasy XV would be getting the PlayStation 4 Pro treatment. The window of opportunity for such a feat was small thanks to the PS4 Pro’s announcement timing. Still, it’s not like Square Enix couldn’t have foreseen this and prepared accordingly.

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Final Fantasy XV has also released new gameplay that involves Moogles, the game’s iconic creatures that have served various purposes through time. From travelers to merchants, Moogles have been somewhat of a key part to Final Fantasy titles. Alongside this, Square Enix has also dropped a new trailer titled “Omen” into the fray. There’s no lack of footage and news regarding Final Fantasy XV, furthering the idea that this release date will actually stick.

Ultimately, it looks like Hajime Tabata and Square Enix are guaranteeing a visual difference between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro version of Final Fantasy XV. Whether or not the game will stand the test of time against previous installments remains to be seen.

Final Fantasy XV will hit physical and online stores on November 29. Will the graphical difference be enough to make you switch pre-order from one console to the other? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

[Featured Image by Square Enix]


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