Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV will be coming out on November 28, 2016 worldwide, instead of the previously-announced September 30 release date. This change follows an ongoing rumor that was started by a report on Gamnesia on Friday, with anonymous sources telling Kotaku the same. In a video message by Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, the publisher finally confirmed the rumors.
According to the video, the delay is to include everything that would've gone into a hefty day one patch otherwise.
"We completed work on the master version for Final Fantasy XV the other day. You can think of a master version, as it is known, as what you get on the disc when you buy the game. We felt that the quality of this version will satisfy most players out there," said Tabata. "Our objective with Final Fantasy XV was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality, to every single person who buys the game. We have completed the master version, but when it comes to that highest possible quality, we felt that we had not quite reached this standard yet."
"Accordingly, in order to make this master version an even better product, we have been creating a downloadable add-on known as a patch," added Tabata. "This has been worked on with the intention of releasing it on the same day the game comes out, so it would be what people call a 'day one patch'. However, a patch is not something that can be applied by all players who have bought the game. It is impossible to provide this patch to everyone who plays without connecting their games machine to the internet."
"The disc that is going on sale on the 29th of November, will contain everything that was scheduled to be on the day one patch, as well as some extra things on top of that," he closed. "So we will be delivering what we consider to be the ultimate quality version of Final Fantasy XV to all the players who play without connecting online as well."
Tabata also confirmed that Square Enix was thinking of further patches and downloaded content for Final Fantasy XV. The publisher will be showing off a 30 minute gameplay video of the title at this year's Gamescom. Final Fantasy XV is still coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only.