Though Final Fantasy XV release date details remain unannounced, Square Enix may be releasing a patch for the Episode Duscae demo - provided that Sony and Microsoft approves. The game is expected to be arriving on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in the future. Final Fantasy's developer also confirmed that Final Fantasy 15 will run on the Luminous Studio engine.
Final Fantasy XV Developer Confirms No E3 Showing, Hints at Duscae Demo Patch
Back In April, Square Enix director Hajime Tabata expressed wishes to see improvements made to the current Duscae Demo from Final Fantasy 15. The demo came bundled with the Day One edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.
"If possible, instead of presenting a master that will be like the final release, I really want everyone to see and feel how the game is improving toward the final release as we take in all of their feedback," Tabata said on YouTube (via GameSpot). "From a first-party perspective, there's been no precedent of applying patches to demos, so we're currently discussing with them to see if it's feasible."
The videogame developer gave a vague "mid-to-late May" release date for the Duscae Demo patch. It remains to be seen whether Square Enix's plans will actually happen.
However, Tabata made it clear that Final Fantasy XV may not show at E3 2015 in June. Earlier, the rumor mill speculated that the Final Fantasy 15 release date would be announced at this year's E3.
This development may prove to be a disappointment for fans of the series. According to Attack of the Fanboy, Final Fantasy XV was first announced nine years ago at E3 2006. The same publication predicted that the game will be ready by 2016. Naturally, this information falls within the realm of speculation.
Does the Duscae Demo Reflect the Final Release
There has been much debate amongst fans whether the final release version of the game will feature the same stunning visuals from the demo.
"It's safe to say much can change between a demo and the retail version of a game," game critic Richard Eisenbeis wrote for Kotaku. "And if Final Fantasy XIII is any guide, then the Final Fantasy XV demo we're playing now may be vastly different from the Final Fantasy XV we're playing in a year or two."
Eisenbeis also observed that story and dialogue often changes between initial and final releases. Hence, Final Fantasy XV ultimate release may have significant changes from its demo.