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Do you remember when Final Fantasy XV was delayed? That the reason given by director Hajime Tabata was to make sure that there was no day 1 patch so that people with poor internet would get the same, high-quality experience? Well, it had been circling the net that there would be a day 1 patch, and today, Square Enix released a press release that addressed that along with some other points of interest.

Inside the press release, Square Enix gave details about what can be expected in the day 1 patch, called the “Crown Update”, among a couple of other matters in the lead up to launch. Beyond the details on the “Crown Update”, the press release also included a statement from Hajime Tabata about the copies of the game that have broken street date and how they plan to address that situation and the ensuing spoilers. Finally, they released a brand new Final Fantasy XV 101 trailer that is designed to introduce players to Final Fantasy XV, and what can be found in the game.

First up, here’s what you can expect in the “Crown Update” in addition to some bug fixes:

  • “Wait Mode” Ability Tree that aims to give the opportunity for more in-depth strategic choices.
  • Camera Improvements to make it easier to track ongoing action
  • Beast Whistle add, an item that can be used to call monsters to battle
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish, along with a gallery for viewing them
  • Social media support, so you can share pictures Prompto takes on Facebook and Twitter
  • Scenes from the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie and “Omen” trailer are added to make the story and timeline easier to follow.

Tabata’s statement basically asks people to be respectful if they have an early copy and not share spoilers from it. He says they will be doing everything they can to stop unauthorized footage from appearing online. Here is the full statement:

“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 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.”

Finally, the new trailer shows off characters, mechanics and introduces the game. Take a look at the extended cut version of it here:

What do you think of Final Fantasy XV‘s day 1 patch? Do you think that Square Enix is right to take down footage that leaks out early? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Don Parsons

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I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.



  • RAMIREN

    So first there’s a review embargo until the 28th, next we find out they lied about the day 1 patch and it’s bloody huge. Now they’re doing everything in their power to remove footage of the game?

    It’s like Square don’t want people to know anything about the game except marketing, before they buy.

  • I cannot wait. I was completely ho-hum on the game until PAX West. An hour of gameplay later and I pre-ordered it. First game I’ve pre-ordered in over 2 years.

    I don’t want to be so hype, but I can’t help it, review embargoes and day 1 patches be damned.

  • machariel00

    I still haven’t found official source that states that the game comes with or there’s a free dlc for japanese audio. If there was, I might have even preordered the game by now.

  • Vernify

    After having played the Judgement Disc demo, I’m honestly quite excited for this game. Been waiting for this since days of it being Versus and after having seen brotherhood, Kingsglaive, and playing the demo’s that have come out, it’s been quite the journey already. That being said, I’m not looking forward to that day one patch given the whole point of the delay was to prevent that and honestly this review embargo they have in place is kind of nonsense. I get the game must have cost Square quite a good bit to develop, but I would imagine that an embargo would simply make some people skeptical of the game before launch and simply hold off on the hype and buying it day one.

  • coboney

    I can see about following up on that there. What I know is that they’ve discussed it, but that it’s not on disc.

  • goodguya

    Could this whole production been any more of a rollercoaster? I’m lookign forward to this thing just being done so I can talk to the people I was gonna interview at Avalanche, them no longer having to work ridiculous crunch time and all. It’s astounding how far this got pushed back.

  • Feniks

    7Gb is pretty small though. Halo had a 25Gb patch.

  • machariel00

    That would be awesome. Tabata or someone has said they were “looking into it” and very recently I’ve read some reddit posts that say Japanese audio is included one way or another but nothing official that confirms for certain.