As many of you might have heard by now, Final Fantasy XV’s release has been officially delayed to late November of this year. The main goal of the delay is to give the game a fine layer of polish as well as work out a few bugs.
According to an IGN interview, Hajime Tabata originally planned to release Final Fantasy XV with a day-one patch to apply that polish. In the end, he decided to delay its release two months to avoid alienating offline players.
I find that sort of consideration toward the player base to be highly commendable. It certainly makes the integrity of Square Enix – and Final Fantasy, by extension – look that much better. Also, small delays like that are a good sign that we will be seeing a high-quality game when it finally does come out.
Now, I have no doubt that Square Enix will use that delay to make Final Fantasy XV as great of a product as they can. The particular style of marketing that they’ve employed has shown that they take great pride in the game.
However, I think – or at least I choose to hope – that there is a secondary motive behind this delay.
There is some speculation that Sony will be revealing their upcoming PlayStation 4 NEO this September. Also, one of Sony’s upcoming policies on the PS4 NEO is that any game released in or after October will be compatible with both the original PS4 and the NEO. Because of this, we have reason to expect the NEO’s release either late this year or early next year.
I mention the NEO because I think that one of the goals for the Final Fantasy XV delay is to release it along with the “new” console. Perhaps they’ll even package it in as a bundle deal.
Bear in mind that I have absolutely no evidence to back this claim up. It’s really little more than a spark of hopeful imagination on my part. I have personally been holding off on purchasing a PlayStation 4 – which would be specifically for FFXV – until we see some information on the NEO.
It’s fairly likely that Sony will come out with a FFXV edition type bundle with the PS4 even if it is just the original PS4 anyway. Final Fantasy XV is perhaps one of if not the most anticipated game of the year, after all.
I might just be spouting a load of BS, but a man can dream, can’t he? Either way, we’ll have plenty to look forward to in the coming months.