Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Thank You For Delaying Final Fantasy XV

In case you haven't heard, Final Fantasy XV has been delayed from its original release date of 29th September 2016 to 30th November 2016. News of the 2 month delay has been quite poorly received by some but there are also those - including myself - who understand the reasons behind this delay and are welcoming it. If you're upset by this delay then that's fine, you could choose to continue to be upset and curse the game to the depths of hell, it won't affect the rest of us. However, let me just try to explain why this delay isn't a bad thing.

Firstly, in the video recently released by Square Enix (which you can watch here), Hajime Tabata explained that the reason the game is being delayed is because he and his team want to deliver a Final Fantasy title of the highest quality and they feel that the game can still be slightly improved. He also added that if they were to release the game in its current state, while many would be happy with it, he would surely regret not taking the extra time to reach the standards he's set out to achieve. In my opinion, this is completely understandable because if I were to work on a project for 10 years, I would want to release a finished product that I could truly be proud of. I respect that and I hope they will be able to reach their goal and provide a product that surpasses all our expectations.

Secondly, Hajime Tabata said in the video that he would like to include all the content they have at launch on the game disc without anybody having to download a substantial update on day one. Downloading a day one patch may seem like a trivial matter to some but there are people in the world who don't have a very stable or fast internet connection. Some would argue that the ones who do have good internet connectivity shouldn't need to suffer  because of those who don't. I say that this is one of the best decisions made by any game developer in recent years. Modern gaming has become quite annoying with developers using downloadable content as a means to release completely broken games and just patching it later on. Gone are the days where we would be able to go to a store, buy a game, get home and just play a complete game without having to worry about internet connectivity or patch downloads. Hajime Tabata and his team must feel the same way and I'm glad they do.

So, that title isn't a joke or a facetious remark. I'm genuinely thanking Hajime Tabata and his team for being brave enough to delay the release in order to provide a game that they could truly be proud of. I will gladly wait an additional 2 months for this game to be released. So if you disagree with me and feel that this delay is absolutely preposterous, feel free to vent your anger in the comments or do whatever you need to do to calm yourself down. I'll just be enjoying some other games while calmly waiting for the release of Final Fantasy XV. 

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1 comment:

  1. It is good that a huge developer are thinking about the fans not just their pockets.