With this news coming out this morning I am both baffled and unsurprised, if that’s at all possible. Final Fantasy XV, a game that has been in development for 10 years has been delayed two months, from September 30th 2016 to November 29th 2016.
The game was originally announced as Final Fantasy Versus-XIII (Don’t even get me started on FF XIII) for the PlayStation 3, it was going to be part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series which rightfully so was canned and Versus-XIII was rebranded as Final Fantasy XV in 2012 but anyway, enough about the politics around Final Fantasy….
“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this,”
– Hajime Tabata
This is a small excerpt from the announcement on FF XV’s delay (Youtube video above) and the fact that he says they need more time is laughable. Don’t get me wrong, I am a great believer in take all the time you need and the Miyamoto quote “A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever,” is something I think all developers should live by, but it’s been 10 fucking years. They also announced that the day-one patch will come bundled on the disc so that everyone can have the intended experience from the get go.
Why don’t you just finish the game?
There isn’t many series/developers that can really boil my piss like good old Final Fantasy and Square Enix, but here we are. This is a company that after YEARS of fans begging for a remake of Final Fantasy VII (not the one that needs remaking), they finally cave and do it, it seems as they’ve outsourced the majority of it and they have the audacity to feed us the nonsense “We’re releasing it episodically over 3 games”… Why? I hear you ask, well Final Fantasy VII is “Too big” to release on one game. This is a game which came out in 1997 and was released on 3 PSone discs and they’re telling you that this game is too big for a Blu Ray disc but the game they spent 10 years making is all right to fit on one disc and all that. Plus they patched a demo… A FUCKING DEMO.
By the way if you think you’re playing Final Fantasy VII REMAKE next year you’re out of your fucking mind. Anyway, I’ll leave it there. I’ve moaned about all this in previous posts 😉
Fuck Square Enix.