'Final Fantasy XV' release date delayed due to bugs, issues; Square Enix to showcase game demo at PAX West


“Final Fantasy XV” won’t make its previously reported Sept. 30 launch. It has instead been pushed back to a Nov. 29 worldwide release.

This is reportedly due to optimization improvements being done on the game before it can be officially distributed. Game director Hajime Tabata has also shared that magic use has become a more integral part of “Final Fantasy XV,” and it is expected to influence its game world in more tactile ways, thus prompting some significant graphic overhauls. Subsequently, this has also made using spells in “Final Fantasy XV” simpler, more customizable and easier to balance, as magic is now an inherent and natural part of the game’s expansive environment.

In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, as translated by Kotaku, Tabata revealed that he and his team would keep working on the game until its November release, making sure that game bugs, frame rate stabilization issues, and other optimization problems are properly addressed and covered in the day one patch that is expected to ship along with the title. This is to ensure that gamers will be able to enjoy the best of what “Final Fantasy XV” can offer, without having to go online to patch up their game.

Producing a quality game that’s near perfection is vital for “Final Fantasy XV,” since it is reportedly expected to inspire renewed and wider interest for the game franchise on a global scale.

Meanwhile, Square Enix will be making an hour-long demo of “Final Fantasy XV” available at the PAX West event on Sept. 2 to 5, to be held in Seattle. Tabata and his team will also be revealing new content and other game-related surprises at an hour-long panel scheduled on Sept. 3, at 2:30 p.m. PDT. Other details about the event are available on the official Square Enix blog site.

“Final Fantasy XV” will be released worldwide on Nov. 29. In the meantime, fans can take an early look at the game through a five-episode anime, “Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV,” which features the backstory of the main character Noctis and his friends, and the feature-length film, “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV,” which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 4. It is about what happens to Noctis’ father, King Regis, and the city of Insomnia in the same time period as the game.