Retailer release dates aren’t always accurate and are oftentimes just basic placeholder dates. However, after originally listing Final Fantasy XV for the PS4 as a game releasing on June 1st, 2016, the Amazon Japan listing was then updated to reflect a November 30th, 2016 release.
VG Leaks originally picked up the news about the June 1st release from NeoGaf, but there’s no telling if they Photoshopped the image on NeoGaf just to get thread karma. If you actually visit the Amazon Japan listing you’ll see that the date clearly states November 30th, 2016 for the release of Final Fantasy XV.
So where did the June 1st date come from? Well, it could have been altered, it could have been changed, it could have been Photoshopped in. The thing is, the NeoGaf post was made back on December 25th, 2015, so it could have been June 1st back when it was originally listed but then it could have changed to something else after more people started viewing the page.
Now some people believe that a summer release for Final Fantasy XV is on the table. However, some believe that a summer release would mean that the development team would have been in serious crunch time to meet the June release window. Now, releasing during or after E3 is a great way to get people to filtrate their hype directly into a purchase, especially to hold them over until the even more hyped up fall season.
It just seems like a game like Final Fantasy XV is way too big to be a hold-me-over title for the fall. That’s not to mention that it would seem weird for the game to release before Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Gematsu reported in the middle of December in 2015 that a survey Square sent out asked whether or not people would purchase Final Fantasy XV or Persona 5 if they released at the same time during the summer. There was an even split between the two with 49% saying they would likely buy both.
It would seem like they would be undercutting Final Fantasy XV’s importance with a summer release, but then again, it doesn’t matter what time of year it releases it’s likely going to be a huge seller.
Now the official announcement for the official release date will come in March of this year, so Square will iron out the news from there. This follows on director Hajime Tabata recently confirming that the game will release some time in 2016.
With the Japanese listing on Amazon stating November 30th – which lands on a Wednesday – it’s hard to tell whether or not that date holds any weight. The game is supposed to have a worldwide release, according to a report from PlayStation Lifestyle, so it’s possible they could forgo the typical North American Tuesday and a European release on Friday release for a worldwide release on Wednesday.
The thing is, anything can happen. The details surrounding the release of Final Fantasy XV are sketchy and it’s hard to tell whether or not the first June 1st listing on the Amazon Japan page is any more or less accurate the November 30th date. I guess we’ll find out exactly when Revenge of the Emo will launch once March gets here.