Last night Square Enix announced that the release of Final Fantasy XV would be delayed by two months.

As rumoured, that shifts the game's release from September 30 to November 29.

According to the publisher, the delay will allow the FF team to further polish and test the game, so "the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams".

“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series," said the game's director Hajime Tabata.

"Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.

"As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”

It is not yet clear if the date shift will affect the physical disc releases of the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV film or animation series Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV.

Meanwhile, over on the Square Enix blog, the company has pre-emptively struck out against claims that Final Fantasy XV's DLC consists of content that was cut from the base game.

"The truth is that the DLC is not ready to show because while it has been designed, we will begin the development once the final game is in your hands," wrote community manager Dan Seto,

"The FFXV DLC is not content that has been cut from the main game just to sell to you later. This is really important because we want everyone who buys and plays the FFXV base game to know they are getting the full FFXV experience.

"The FFXV DLC will add new and unique experiences to the FFXV Universe with each piece of DLC designed to offer something brand new. So I’ll say it again because it’s important – the FFXV DLC is not content that has been cut from the main game!"

Final Fantasy XV is available for pre-order now at Mighty Ape.