Square Enix Wants Final Fantasy XV To Have A Simultaneous Worldwide Release Date

by Damian Seeto

Unlike previous games in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XV could have a simultaneous worldwide release date.

When it comes to some games developed in Japan, they are released in the Western side of the world months or even years after the Japanese release date. Square Enix usually does this because it takes time to record the English voice acting for Final Fantasy games. They decide to release games in Japan first and then the West gets it a few months later. Sega usually takes more than a year to localize Yakuza games for Western audiences.

It appears Square Enix is doing something different for the release of Final Fantasy XV. During a video interview with Level Up, Final Fantasy XV director, Hajime Tabata, revealed his plans for the release date for the game.

He said Square Enix is hoping that Final Fantasy XV will have a simultaneous worldwide release date. He says this ensures gamers can have the same type of experience playing the game, all at the same time. This makes sense, since some people might just visit YouTube if the game were to be released in Japan first. A simultaneous release date will avoid some spoilers leaking out for Western gamers.

Tabata still stressed that he does not know the exact release date for Final Fantasy XV just yet. Let’s hope an announcement for the release date happens later this year at the very least.

- This article was updated on January 26th, 2015