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'Final Fantasy XV' delayed to November 29th

Engadget logo Engadget 15/08/2016 Nick Summers

Noctis and friends will have to wait just a little longer for their bromance-filled road trip. Square Enix has confirmed today that Final Fantasy XV, the long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, will now launch on November 29th, rather than September 30th worldwide.

The Japanese developer says a "master" version of the game is almost ready, and that the team is now working on a post-launch patch. The original plan was to release this update as a "day-one patch" on September 30th. But the game's director, Hajime Tabata, says he didn't feel that was fair because some players have poor internet access. Instead, he's decided to delay the game, ensuring both the "master" version and day-one patch can ship together on the same disc. The extra time, Square Enix promises, will also be used to "conduct quality testing" and add "further polish."

"We need a little more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this," Tabata said. "As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding."

In the meantime, fans have the Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV anime to binge-watch, as well as the feature-length film Kingsglaive later this month. Of course, neither are substitutes for the full game, but they should offer some tasty morsels of lore while you wait for the full adventure in Eos.

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