Hajime Tabata, director of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, stated in an interview with Mexican site LevelUp that he wants to do a simultaneous release worldwide.
As translated by Gematsu, Tabata said: “I’d like to be able to do a worldwide release. We don’t want to impose any big delays to players from around the world, so I’m hoping that everyone will be able to play the same Final Fantasy XV together within as close of a timeframe as possible.”
When that will be, however, is anyone’s guess. There have been no official announcements for the game’s launch window, save that we know the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a demo for XV as well.
For what it’s worth, aside from possibly adding to the development time of the Japanese version of the game, a concurrent global release strikes me as always a good idea. It keeps fans generally on an even tilt when it comes to spoilers, easter eggs, and online play, and it lets fans who maybe share a language rather than a culture both get excited and interested in the same release, rather than having to do things separately.
Final Fantasy XV is expected to be released sometime later this year on PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s hoping it’s an improvement on the disappointing Final Fantasy XIII.