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