Graphical fixes. This is a common opinion. I’m sure Square Enix is working on it, as they want to make sure it is as polished as possible. This is what Tabata stated too. But a statement like this strokes the egos of the players to calm their nerves. This is a business. If Final Fantasy XV already had a master version, everything he said is just to appease fans. Besides, it was “Day One” from the beginning, right? They already had ideas to include a patch, they didn’t now just think of including it. Tabata may just be pulling the wool over your eyes to mask the other reasons lol.
Perhaps September 30th was a ruse all along? Perhaps they wanted to keep your interests? Final Fantasy XV Uncovered was nothing but a smokescreen. They played us like a damn fiddle. This coming from the same trolls that brought you the PS4 port of Final Fantasy 7. Expect more of these stunts in the future.
Persona 5. They want to minimize competition to maximize profit as possible. Persona cuts a bit into their niche, and I think they’d really wouldn’t want to let that happen. But as Tabata said, making them run in a panic? LOL yeah OK. It’s all about the money…
World of Final Fantasy. Even a spin-off can cut into a mainline title sale. The releases of these games will still be a month apart. I’m sure they want to get the spin-offs out of the way.
Black Friday Pre-sales. They’re trying to get the most money possible. Boosting sales on Black Friday in America is ideal. Americans would rather preorder a new game than buy a two-month-old game.
Closer to Christmas. More people will buy a one-month-old game for the holidays. Simple as that.
Good old Corporate Politics. Tabata might actually be weathering his own personal storm with Square Enix. Remember this from Tabata (when referring to the Final Fantasy Disease):
“It wasn’t only from inside the team, but outside as well. The reason was that if my way of doing it ended up working, there are those whose circumstances will worsen.”
Sounds like a subtle brag at the expense of others lol. I’m sure those wouldn’t want their circumstances to “worsen”. Some may engage in zero-sum politics to spite him. Karma could dampen his success. And this is the company that let go of the creator of the series which saved them. Hopefully, Tabata didn’t speak too confidently, too soon.
1On the flip side, his “Important Message” video may have been a type of politics against other games as well. His reasoning for the delay may subconsciously influence your thinking. Unlike other games (Persona 5), Final Fantasy XV takes time to produce quality…
Hype. OMG NOW IT’S NOVEMBER 29TH!!! Yep. This game hasn’t diminished in the hype, and it keeps building with every teaser they produce. Hype plays into sales. When in doubt, hype it up. This may be the new way of marketing if FFXV is uber-successful. It’s been a decade, you know you can wait. They know it too. Oh look, there’s a carrot in front of your face, now run to get it.
Stockholders. This is a bit counter-intuitive, but not all stockholders are good for Square Enix. Even their successes might not be enough to ward off hostile takeovers.
Why would Tabata be very specific on what day you see his message? Only stockholders need to know precisely when the decision happened. The delay enriched some and threw off others. This video was just about as much for the stockholders as it was for us.
Square Enix still seems to misunderstand how to market, but this stunt may put them in the right direction.