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Another major release, another immediate update – this time, it’s a Final Fantasy XV day one patch.

Final Fantasy XV has been in development quite a long time, since it started out life as a foetal spin-off for Final Fantasy XIII. In 2006. They’ve only had ten years to work on it. Ten years isn’t long, right?

Yet here we are, a few days before release, and there’s a Final Fantasy XV day one patch in the offing. Named the ‘Crown Update’ – because straight-up calling it a day one patch is probably a little embarrassing after all this time – the update brings a number of performance improvements and bug fixes to the final release. Some of those bugs have been well-documented, like this odd (but kind of quaint) one that has all the men hugging each other. (Not really; it has multiple NPCs occupying the same space in a cafe, but it looks like so much cuddling and lap-sitting.)

But the Final Fantasy XV day one patch also addresses another, more modern issue: the game has gone gold and the physical disks have already wended their merry way to retail outlets, but it’s technically incomplete without the ‘Crown Update’. This update includes the following elements, designed to make the game feel more like the finished product:

  • Improvements to the camera with new options to better assist and track the action in tight space and to improve visibility during battles.
  • New event scenes and scenes from Kingslaive and the ‘Omen’ trailer have also been added to the game to make the story and timeline of events easier to follow for newcomers.
  • The addition of an ability tree for the ‘Wait Mode’ function which improves the strategic element of this feature.
  • Players can obtain the “Beast Whistle” which can be used to call monsters to battle.
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish with an addition of a gallery for completionist players who enjoy collecting items.
  • Implementation of social media support, allowing the photos Prompto takes along your journey to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter.

Recently, copies of Final Fantasy XV have been breaking their street dates across the world. That means people are playing the incomplete product – which is their own luck-out – but more crucially, are posting videos online and spoiling it for everyone else. To try and counter this, director Hajime Tabata issued an impassioned plea to gamers across the world:

“The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind. Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorized distribution of the boxed edition of Final Fantasy XV in select regions and we have noticed that gameplay footage from people playing these copies has appeared online. Though this type of situation is brought on by various region specific circumstances and may not be something that is completely avoidable, we are very regretful of this situation.

One of the major goals of Final Fantasy XV is for everyone to enjoy the story and to discover the surprises together through the simultaneous worldwide release. Due to these recent events, videos with unexpected spoilers could potentially be posted online, so we would like to warn everyone who has been waiting in anticipation for this game.

We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone.

A large and dedicated team have worked extremely hard to make this game and to create a Final Fantasy that everyone can enjoy. It would be a huge regret for us if the excitement of the launch was to be spoiled for so many when we are so close to release.

Your understanding and cooperation would be much appreciated so we can celebrate the best possible release together.”

Oh, and there’s also a Final Fantasy XV launch trailer, which you can see below.

Soon. The long wait will be over, very soon.

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