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Final Fantasy XV director shares a New Year’s greeting, plans for 2017

by Ron Duwell | January 3, 2017January 3, 2017 8:00 pm PDT

2016 began with loads of questions surrounding Final Fantasy XV. “Would it be finished before the end of the year?” More importantly, “Would it even be good?!”

Now that 2017 has come and gone, we have solid answers for those questions. The game indeed came out, and it is surviving as one of the best and most endearing games of the past year. We’re sure Director Hajime Tabata is relieved because of its critical success, as you can almost feel the relief from his New Year’s greetings to fans.

Happy New Year!

In 2016, we were able to deliver Final Fantasy XV to everyone at long last.

We were able to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve, such as subtitles for 12 languages, 4 fully voiced languages, and a global simultaneous release date.

By creating a full CG movie, we provided a new experience of enjoying a movie and a game as a set to the world.

By creating and distributing a cell animation, we were able to realize a new way for everyone to get to know the game characters.

By releasing a mini-game as a mobile app, we were able to bridge the real world to the game world.

We, the FFXV team, were able to achieve these things because of the warm and strong support of our fans.

I have decided that 2017 is a year of giving back to everyone for their kindness.

There are many players enjoying FFXV in various ways, and nothing makes us happier than this.

To provide a long-lasting and even more enjoyable experience with FFXV for everyone, we will continue to update the game and release DLC.

We ask for your continued support for Final Fantasy XV in 2017.

Director, Final Fantasy XV
Hajime Tabata

There’s still so much to see and do in Noctis’ world

While the game might have come out in 2016, we still have 2017 to drag this game out as much as possible. DLC, updates, patches, events! Final Fantasy has entered the modern world with all the ammenities we’ve come to expect.

This ship is just setting sail, and I think I’ll be playing this game all year. Final Fantasy XV, the most anticipated game of the year two years in a row!


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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