Two hours of Final Fantasy XV, while you wait for November
Final Fantasy XV may have experienced another delay during the final stretch, but it's still just as good as finished, as the above footage showcases. This combines footage from multiple preview events and comprises roughly the first hour of the game plus some additional stuff, complete with English voice actors.
Speaking recently with Famitsu, director Hajime Tabata spoke with a little more specificity about the reasons for the delay, including quashing some extant bugs. "There are still of number of bugs like characters floating unnaturally in the air or appearing all strange [and glitchy]," says Tabata, as translated by Kotaku. "As well as places in which the frame rate drops."
These are pretty sensible reasons to want to delay a game, in my estimation. Tabata also adds that the team intends to refine the game balance, which is a bit more ambiguous -- but well, there's only so much you can accomplish in time for certification, and if balance issues emerged during playtesting, it's great that developer Square Enix is going back in and finessing those. As I highlighted before, the two months' delay doesn't represent additional work so much as the time it will take to resubmit the game for certification on consoles, a labyrinthine and outdated process which offers no end of headaches for many studios.
So while it's a bummer that we won't get the game until almost the holidays, it's pretty understandable. And in the meantime, we can get a pretty good taste of the game's opening minutes from the video above. Even if you want to keep the game a surprise for yourself when it finally arrives, I recommend watching the first couple scenes, just to witness Final Fantasy XV's absurdly self-aware opening joke. This is either the absolute best way to start a videogame or the absolute worst, I'm not sure.
Final Fantasy XV is due out November 29th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.