Remember how No Man’s Sky’s launch kerfuffle involved a day one patch? Final Fantasy XV has now been delayed by two months. Its new release date is November 29. The reason? To make sure their day one patch is present on the physical disc. Which I suppose doesn’t make it a day one patch anymore.
“Our objective with FFXV was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality, to every single person who buys the game,” says Hajime Tabata, FFXV game director. “The day one patch has pretty substantial content in it, but to me it feels as though it is still one step away from that truly ultimate quality we are striving for. If we were to go ahead and release it, then myself and my team would wind up regretting it.”
Tabata would explain the entire concept behind a day one patch, a release date, and the delay in a recorded video (turn on closed captioning if you don’t understand Japanese).
“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,” continues Tabata. “So we will be delivering what we consider to be the ultimate quality version of FFXV to all the players who play without connecting online as well.”
Final Fantasy XV has been in development for about 10 years. It originally began life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but was rebranded in 2012. Prequel film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was still released in Japan in July, and coming to limited release in North America beginning August 19.