After an incredibly long development cycle, Final Fantasy XV is less than a week away. However, leaked copies of the game have been popping up, particularly across South America. Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV, responded to the leaks today in a message to fans.
“The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind. Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorised distribution of the boxed edition of Final Fantasy XV in select regions and we have noticed that gameplay footage from people playing these copies has appeared online. Though this type of situation is brought on by various region specific circumstances and may not be something that is completely avoidable, we are very regretful of this situation.”
Some spoilers and gameplay videos have been popping up online and in forums for the game, and Tabata hopes fans avoid these as he wants everyone to experience Final Fantasy XV at the same time.
“One of the major goals of Final Fantasy XV is for everyone to enjoy the story and to discover the surprises together through the simultaneous worldwide release. Due to these recent events, videos with unexpected spoilers could potentially be posted online, so we would like to warn everyone who has been waiting in anticipation for this game.”
Tabata also says that the team is committed to doing everything they can to keep spoilers off of the internet, but fans will also need to stay diligent until release.
“We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorised footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone.”
Tabata ends his message by talking about all the hard work the team has put in on the game, and they want fans to have the best experience and launch possible with Final Fantasy XV.
If you really want to avoid spoilers there are a few options you have. You can stay off of forums for the game, mute keywords on Twitter, and delete your watch history on YouTube so it doesn’t suggest videos.
Final Fantasy XV launches on Nov. 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A brand new 101 trailer released today, details the game’s cast of characters and systems. Additionally, Square Enix released information about their day one patch called the “Crown Update.”
What do you think about the leaked copies of the game, and Hajime Tabata’s response? Are you going to be trying to avoid spoilers? Let us know down in the comments below.
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