Final Fantasy XV entered gamescom 2015 without a launch window, and it will exit it with one. 2016 is still a pretty huge window, but it is better than anything else we’ve seen so far.

During Square Enix’s Active Time Report, Director Hajime Tabata did not confirm that the game would be released in 2016, but that it would definitely be released before 2017.

“At the very least, I can tell you that it isn’t going to be released this year. I think we’ll be able to tell you when we’re making the announcement around PAX Prime, at the end of this month…I understand why people are feeling that way after coming to Cologne and speaking to a lot of the media…

…We really do get the feeling that people are a bit worried. Certainly, one thing I would like to say to them to reassure them, is that we’ve set down the release date, we know when it is, and we’ve got a complete road map lined up, right up to launch, and we’re proceeding along that as planned.

We can certainly say to people: it’s not going to be 2017. It’s going to be before that.”

There has been a lot of skepticism about Square Enix and how it has been handling Final Fantasy XV over the past few months, but I don’t really see it as warranted. The new “Dawn” trailer might have been a bit underwhelming, but I do have a lot of faith in Tabata being the man to get it done in a more timely fashion than before. This is a huge undertaking, creating Final Fantasy on such a large scale.

It’ll happen, people. It’ll get here.

In other news, Tabata released a new gameplay demo which shows Noctis and his friend engaged in combat with one of Final Fantasy’s most iconic monsters, the toxic breathing Malboro. These beasts are generally a hassle to bring down, and out heroes sadly find that out the hard way.

One last interesting tidbit of info is an early look into the story, released by Square Enix.

In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Lucis is to sign an armistice, ending a long and bitter conflict with Niflheim.

Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, sets forth from his homeland to formalize the union of states through his marriage to the lady Lunafreya of the imperial province of Tenebrae.

The offer of peace, however, is no more than a ruse to lower the Lucian shield.

The imperial city takes the crown city and its sacred crystal in one fell swoop. En route to his destination, Noctis is shocked to learn the he, his father the king, and his betrothed are believed dead.

Overnight, the dream of peace has faded into a distant memory. His world crumbling around him, Noctis has naught but his resolve and his loyal companions to see him through the trials to come.

Final Fantasy XV will be released before 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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