Back at E3 2015, Square Enix was pretty forthright about Final Fantasy XV not having a presence, but instead promised that a campaign for the game would begin later in the summer at Gamescom. Flash forward to August. We are now well into the Germany-based game show and have been trolled not once, but twice by the folks at Square Enix, having not much more than a reassurance from Hajime Tabata that we won’t have to wait until 2017.
The “campaign” started off with the release of a new trailer, or teaser for the story as game director Mr. Tabata has specified. It was actually very impressive, and apparently all in-engine. While there was not much in there story-wise that we didn’t already know (aside from the mysterious colossi at the end), it didn’t matter because we all were looking forward to the presumed release date to follow.
Rather than do a Kingdom Hearts 3 and leave us with a “Now In Development”, Square Enix pulled a “And So the Story Begins”. Either way, we still don’t have a release date.
Then, in an interview earlier today with IGN, Tabata began to hint that he was going to drop the bomb. Prefacing with phrases like “I have just been given permission to state this to the public”, he went on to explain that he is interested with collaborating with Avalanche Studios (Just Cause 3) and possibly utilizing some of their tech. Wow.
Apparently, there is a release date set internally, as had been expressed in Square’s Active Time Reports. Additionally, Gamespot was able to get Tabata to confirm that the game will be out before 2017, so we at least have a window. A big window, that is. According to that report, more details would come at PAX Prime.