New date will allow the team “to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations.”
According to Square Enix, the new date “will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.”
In a statement, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said the team hopes “to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series” and that they need “a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.”
“As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait,” he added. “As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”
Final Fantasy XV was originally scheduled to launch on September 30 across the world.
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