The street date for Square Enix’s role-playing game Final Fantasy 15 gets broken early, leading the open world title’s developer to apologize to fans.
Although its official release date had originally been set for next week on November 29, it seems as if loads of fans have already gotten their hands on copies of Final Fantasy 15. The most recent entry in Square Enix’s long-running role-playing game franchise has apparently leaked to the public in South America, with players having now posted innumerable streams for the open world title on various avenues on the Web.
With Final Fantasy 15 currently out in the wild ahead of its launch schedule, Square Enix has decided to be proactive about the situation by alerting fans of the game to be wary of potential spoilers being posted on the Internet. As a matter of fact, as seen in the tweet below, the RPG’s director Hajime Tabata apologizes for the street date being broken in different regions of the world, and urges those who received a copy of the game earlier than the developer intended to refrain from spoiling any of its materials for those who have been patiently waiting for its official release.
Following news of copies of #FFXV going on sale ahead of the release date, #FFXV director Hajime Tabata has a message for all #FFXV fans pic.twitter.com/pBKifzZRMq— Final Fantasy XV (@FFXVEN) November 21, 2016
As Tabata has mentioned above, the breaking of Final Fantasy 15‘s street date could be indicative of a situation that is not “completely avoidable,” especially when one takes into consideration the high frequency of games that have unintentionally had their official launches broken earlier than developers have wanted. For instance, despite the best efforts of publisher and developer Bethesda Game Studios last year, the highly anticipated release of its post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 leaked early, resulting in the game’s title screen being shown off prior to the full product officially hitting store shelves.
So, although Final Fantasy 15 has now joined the ranks of myriad games that have had its street date broken, those who are currently enjoying the title prior to launch may be encountering some issues with the gameplay, for Square Enix has declared that the RPG will have its first update come in the form of a day one patch. Apparently, the download is set to be roughly 7.2 gigabytes, so fans will need to set aside a decent amount of storage space in order to have the game running at peak performance.
For those Final Fantasy 15 fans waiting for the game’s official launch next week who want to learn more about what it will offer without having anything major spoiled for them, Square Enix has put out plenty of videos sanctioned by the company regarding the title’s contents. As a matter of fact, one of the longer clips the developer has provided gives potential players a look at the first 40 minutes of the game, detailing combat and environment exploration.
Taking all of this into account, one can only hope that those who have received Final Fantasy 15 earlier than expected will be respectful to fans wanting to avoid unwanted spoilers by not posting crucial clips or screenshots of gameplay online. It would be incredibly disappointing for the ostensibly innovative ending for FF 15 to be revealed before many have even had a chance to play it.
Final Fantasy 15 is officially scheduled to release on November 29, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.