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FFXV's Release Date Was Already Decided Back In 2013

Final Fantasy XV has one of the longest development cycles of all time, as it will have been over ten years since its announcement (remember Final Fantasy Versus 13?) once the game releases. Square Enix gave eager fans a wealth of new information at their Uncovered event last March 30, including an official release date.

In a new interview with Famitsu magazine, director Hajime Tabata shared a few details on the game’s release. The interview was pointed out by Hachima, and the translation by Siliconera. During the interview, Tabata said that if it were only the Japanese version, it wouldn’t have taken that long, but since they went with a global release, they weren’t able to compress the development period with the time it took for localization; however, he added that the release date is something they will protect.

Tabata wasn’t the game’s director until late 2013, and Famitsu asked him why the release date was set as September 30, 2016.

“I wasn’t the director at first, but when I was formally entrusted with the duty (in December 2013), ‘September 30, 2016 is when we’ll release it,’ was the first thing that was decided.”

He continued: "[The date] was not something that was randomly decided, but it was something we saw when considering the time and cost for the amount of resources we had."  He also revealed that the game would have released in Japan sooner had Square not decided to release it simultaneously worldwide. Well, I would say that the development time for FFXV was ridiculously long.  10 years seems like forever to me when it comes to the development of a game.  Let's just hope and pray that FFXV won't disappoint us once it arrives on September 30, or that 10 year waiting time would have been for naught.

Final Fantasy XV is set to release on September 30, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  If you missed any of the announcements from the recent Uncovered event, you can catch up on everything here

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XV

4/5/2016 10:32:36 PM Drew Constantino

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 12:00:45 AM

Boom! Finally an explanation as to why it appears to be so unfinished. They HAVE to kick this beast out the door and start on something else before the quarterly reports bring stocks into the toilet.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 8:51:51 AM

"We always meant for it to take this long!"

Hahaha, yeah right.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 10:41:44 AM

I don't think they meant for it to take 10 years, but it does sound feasible that in 2013 while FF XV (FF XIII Versus at the time) would have a latest possible must go date once the FFXIII trilogy was oozed out.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 10:18:09 AM

in other news, the last guardian will be released 08/2016. take that se.

that was a joke btw.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 10:39:00 AM

The Last Guardian could be the last game... ever released.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 4:25:51 PM

I'm excited for gaming 15 years from now. Currently the new craze is all these retro games with NES/SNES level graphics/gameplay. I'm hoping in 10-15 years we see a gaming renaissance. PS1/2 graphics/gameplay FTW! Hard to believe but as graphics have increased in quality gameplay has diminished.

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