With a new Final Fantasy XV trailer from TGS and a playable demo coming with the purchase of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, it seems the anticipated title may finally be making noticeable progress. According to Hajime Tabata, the new director on the project, development is more than halfway complete.
“About 50 to 60 percent of the game is complete. We kind of started from the beginning of the game, so the first part is more complete than the others,” Tabata told Gameinformer. When asked on a possible release date, he noted, “Unfortunately, it’s still going to take a while, but I’m hoping people will reset their timers from when I joined the team and restart the count from there.”
Tabata went on to explain the complications involved with creating Final Fantasy XV. “During the ‘Versus era’ – though it might be weird to refer to it that way – we weren’t able to reveal any information on release timing because that was a project in which we had to overcome so many different problems that arose. Unfortunately, while we were trying to work through the issues, the timing never matched. But about two years ago, when I officially joined the project, we did a pretty major directional change when we decided not to go with the previous generation.”
Now, it’s important to remember that this 50-60% over the many years since this game’s announcement is not a proper projection of its progress. As Tabata noted, the project switched gears with his joining, and it’s likely that the major portion of this development has been recent and progressing at a reasonable rate since the restructuring. Basically, don’t fret, it won’t take another eight years for the game to be completed. This is a project that truly began only two years ago.
Final Fantasy XV is a long time coming, and hopefully Tabata’s words can give some dire hope to those of us still waiting on this game.