After a lot of debate around “Final Fantasy XV” and so much mystery surrounding the game, there is finally some clarity on the horizon. It looks like players will soon find out when the game is coming out, as Hajime Tabata has revealed when the studio plans on making the release date public. This is a bit of a strange announcement, as it essentially means that the studio has set a release date for the release date, and this did not go unnoticed by some journalists and gamers who were quick to make jokes of the situation.
Regardless of what one might think of the approach though, it’s a fact that we now know that we’ll get the release date in March. What could this mean for the actual release of the title, and is it coming soon? That’s hard to tell, especially given how secretive Square Enix have been about this game, but if they are announcing the release date in March then the game is probably a few months off. It wouldn’t make much sense for them to announce the release date one week or so in advance, and they would likely need some head start to get the ball rolling properly.
In any case, “Final Fantasy XV” continues to be a controversial title within the community of the franchise’s fans, as people find some of the differences in the new game questionable at best. Square Enix have been putting a lot of effort into their communications with their fans, trying to put people’s minds at ease and reassuring everyone that they have the players’ best interests in mind with their work on the game, trying hard to develop it into a modern title worthy of being released in this age.
When it comes to an old franchise like that, they of course have to be very careful. On one hand, they can’t just stick to the exact same formula that the game has always used, they need to introduce some new details in order to keep things fresh and attract new players. On the other hand, they must also be careful to not turn away any of their old fans by changing the game too much, as this is also a real risk with a franchise that has existed for that long.
It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a popular franchise ruined by something like this either. The risk of alienating old fans is very real, and experienced developers know how to walk the fine line between the two extremes. Hopefully we’re going to see great results from “Final Fantasy XV”, as it does look like Square Enix are putting a lot of effort into trying to make this game work – and look – the best it possibly could. If their efforts pay off, this could pave the way for even more interesting developments in the franchise in the future, making it even more expansive and full of interesting features for its fans.
From what we’ve seen so far, there will be some changes to the core formula which may or may not be taken well by the community. Players have already reacted in mixed ways to some of the announcements about the gameplay changes, and it looks like everyone has their own opinion about the situation and about what the game should ideally work like. It’s quite obvious that the entire community can’t have the same unified opinion, but some of these changes seem to be surprisingly polarizing.