Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata has issued a statement to fans apologizing due to the early unauthorized leaks in various countries. Some retailers in these countries broke the street date scheduled for 11/29/16, spoiling the game ahead of its release. Those who were lucky enough to get the early leaks have been warned by Square Enix not to share any videos leaking any content, they will be held accountable for their actions. Even with these leaks revealing much of the game early, The game is still incomplete as the Crown Update is required to be downloaded to have the full Final Fantasy XV experience which is available on launch date 11/29/16.
Final Fantasy XV Director Discusses Early Leaks
The message below was sent by Tabata encouraging fans not to share any of the leaked content.
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 unauthorized 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.
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.
We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized 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.
A large and dedicated team have worked extremely hard to make this game and to create a Final Fantasy XV that everyone can enjoy. It would be a huge regret for us if the excitement of the launch was to be spoiled for so many when we are so close to release.
Your understanding and cooperation would be much appreciated so we can celebrate the best possible release together.
Hajime Tabata – Director, FINAL FANTASY XV