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Final Fantasy XV Release Date Was Known Internally Over 2 Years Ago

It was one of Tabata's first decisions as director

Final Fantasy XV Release Date Was Known Internally Over 2 Years Ago

Written by Darryl — 05 Apr 2016

We have only just found out the release date for Final Fantasy XV, but according to Hajime Tabata, they have been internally working towards that date for quite some time now. In fact, it was the first decision he made when he became the game's director.

This new information comes from the latest edition of Famitsu, which releases on Thursday in Japan. Tabata states that he selected the 30th of September, 2016 as the release date as far back as December 2013, not too long after the game had been re-branded from Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

It would have been released sooner, but they wanted to move away from staggered releases across territories. Often the Japanese version would release first, with Western gamers having to wait months and months before being able to play for themselves. This practice cut down development time as they didn't need to worry about localisation. However, for Final Fantasy XV they wanted to ensure that everyone around the world would have the chance to play at the same time.

The release date was therefore not a random decision. Tabata made it based on the time and cost of the resources they had available.

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Source: Siliconera


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