Final Fantasy XV’s Release Date Has a Release Date
Hajime Tabata, director of the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV, has announced when the game’s release date will be announced.
As quoted by Famitsu and translated by the blog Nova Crystallis, Tabata promises that the game, which has been in development in one form or another since 2005, will release this year. “We’ll show the real XV during the release date announcement in March,” he told the Japanese game magazine.
Mark your calendars, folks, for the day in which you’ll be able to actually mark your calendars. One could accuse the long media rollout associated with Final Fantasy XV of stalling, but after a decade of absence, it’s possible Square Enix is just afraid we won’t believe it otherwise.
Oculus will begin taking pre-orders for the consumer version of the Rift virtual reality headset on Wednesday, January 6 at 8 a.m. PT, it said today. But it still hasn’t revealed how much it will cost to get in on the first round of consumer VR.
Every consumer version of the Rift will include the launch game Lucky’s Tale, a 3-D platformer in the vein of Super Mario that has been one of the most entertaining Oculus titles at demo events. Pre-orderers will also get a copy of EVE: Valkyrie, a outer-space dogfight game that has also been a constant presence at Oculus’ demos over the years.
Rift is about perfecting the VR experience, not cost-cutting; to that end, Oculus seems to be preparing would-be early adopters for some sticker shock.
“VR will become something everyone wants before it becomes something everyone can afford,” Oculus founder Palmer Luckey wrote on Twitter just before Christmas. “Future advancements and high volume will make VR available to everyone eventually, but 1st gen will be mostly early adopters. … There are a lot of people who expect to spend a couple hundred bucks and use their existing low-end laptops.”
So, rule out “a couple hundred bucks,” then. Oculus will likely announce the pricing at the same time it takes pre-orders live, and it’s already tipped that Luckey will be out in full force doing a Reddit AMA later that day.