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'Final Fantasy XV' release date could be affected by departure of programmer

'Final Fantasy XV'
'Final Fantasy XV'
Photo courtesy of Square Enix, used with permission

The development and release date for "Final Fantasy XV" may have suffered from another setback. According to a report from Attack of the Fan Boy on Aug. 23, Kentaro Yasui is no longer at Square Enix. The lead programmer for the 15th main installment of the series apparently left the company recently. He was also listed in the credits of a mobile game called "Chaos Centurions," which won't be published by Square Enix.

The latest update sound discouraging for fans who have been waiting for a long time to play the latest installment from the mainline "Final Fantasy" series. Square Enix first revealed a computer-generated video at E3 2006 when the project was announced as "Final Fantasy Versus XIII." Although almost a decade has passed since then, the video game still appears to be far away from release.

The company re-debuted "Final Fantasy XV" on the PS4 and Xbox One at E3 2013. A lot of enthusiasts were also anticipating another showing at E3 2014. However, Square Enix decide to focus on other games instead at the biggest gaming event of the year. An executive from the company confirmed early this year that the latest "Final Fantasy" title, as well as "Kingdom Hearts 3," should be shown again before the end of this year. With the Tokyo Game Show being held next month, fans may not have to wait too much longer.

The PS4 in terms of hardware sales in Japan due to the lack of software that appeals to the Japanese audience. The Xbox One, which is coming out in the same region next month, will most likely perform even worse. The releases of "Final Fantasy XV," along with the aforementioned "Kingdom Hearts 3," should help Microsoft Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment with making the two next-generation systems more appealing. You can take a look at the new logo for the latest "Final Fantasy" game near the top of this article (via the official Facebook page).