Rumors are running wild that the official release date for Final Fantasy XV may have been leaked early thanks to some digging from a gaming website. The news is that the upcoming and highly-anticipated JRPG from Square Enix could be coming at the dawn of fall on September 30th. It isn't official but it's pretty darn close.
Gamespot picked up the news from a report on Gematsu which is stating that they received confirmation from a total of four independent sources who have confirmed that Final Fantasy XV will be arriving on September 30th. They labeled the news as a rumor since Square Enix has not officially announced the news yet, and it won't be announced until March 30th during a special event set to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Gematsu has been fairly reliable in the past and they have an indisputable reputation for putting integrity before clicks. If they're reporting that the game is set to arrive on September 30th then it wouldn't surprise me if Square Enix follows through with that date.
Gamers have been waiting basically a decade for Final Fantasy XV at this point, so the release date probably seems like a dream for some gamers. Square Enix originally announced the title as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and it was set to arrive shortly after the release of the original Final Fantasy XIII. This was way back during the early days of seventh gen gaming when the PS3 was still considered too expensive and the Xbox 360 was suffering from the Red Rings of Death.
Eventually Versus XIII faded from view and disappeared off the map for a while. Later on, a series of rumors started from a Final Fantasy fan-site indicating that Square had internally decided to change Versus XIII into Final Fantasy XV and that they were going to move it to the new generation of home consoles. The rumors were met with a ton of skepticism at the time because, at that point, most people believed that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was little more than vaporware. That's not to mention that Square Enix had moved on to turn Lightning's adventures into a trilogy with Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It didn't look as if Noctis and friends would ever see the light of day.
However, the rumors from the fan-site turned out to be true and Square later re-unveiled the game as Final Fantasy XV. The title would maintain its open-world structure, driving, real-time combat and larger than life monsters and bosses.
Over the years, Square Enix has revealed that the game will feature a unique set of companions with a diverse set of skills and that the game's world will contain plenty of exploration, customization and interaction.
At this point, a lot of gamers are just excited that the game is finally prepping for release – and just like Duke Nukem Forever, we'll finally get to see this game graduate from vaporware into a real game.
We'll find out if the September 30th release date for Final Fantasy XV is legit when Square Enix finally announces the date publicly on March 30th.