All I'm going to say is don't announce/reveal games until close to release. I can see why people get a bit annoyed. You look forward to something and then bam...delayed. But that said, it's not the end of the world. I'm not shocked and it doesn't bother me. People will forget a delay but they won't forget a bad game. Throwing a hissy fit and canceling preorders (a practice I'm against anyway) is silly. And what's even sillier is the FFXV event they held just to announce a release date haha!
Surprising? No. I think that it's because of the sheer weight of expectation that comes with a ten-year development cycle that Square pushed it. The whole Uncovered event shows that they have all hands on deck for FFXV -- not to mention the animated series and CGI film -- and the idea that it could have arrived broken almost doesn't bear thinking about for the studio's sake.
It's just disappointing that it has now fallen out of that September window. It could have really benefited from landing in that relatively quiet corridor in the vein of Destiny and MGS V.
If the game isn't ready, it isn't ready. Either they force the team to meet the release date and we get a broken, messy product, or we get a delay, where they can fix any issues, smooth out the experience, and release something to be proud of. I'm not one to jump to the assumption that the delay is a bad thing. I'd like to see it as a positive sign that they care about the quality of the game they will be releasing, and delay it knowing the ridiculous reaction that gamers are going to give to that announcement.
It's two extra months. Two months that will make it a working product. If you really want to whine that much about it, then you're just asking for a broken release sooner. I'd rather wait and get an enjoyable final experience, but hey, it seems like if it isn't one thing to complain about these days, it's another. Square Enix is banking on Final Fantasy XV as a return to form for the company, and if two extra months is what it takes to do that, then let them have the time they need to get this done right.
Ship bug free.
I'm perfectly fine with Square Enix delaying a game rather than get a broken mess at launch, which is what the mindset of everyone should be. Now, if it still releases with a ton of issues and whatnot, then yeah, they can bitch and whine all they want then.
That said, I'm with the others on the timeframe. I mean, releasing in November surely isn't doing the game any favors. I know, I know, that the other titles are different genres and whatnot, but not everyone can buy every game the moment they launch, and Square Enix is gambling that some players will opt for FFXV rather than some of the other big-name games out during that time or near it.
And also, as everyone is saying: what's another two more months, right?
I imagine those anticipating Final Fantasy XV will be used to delays by now, and another 2 months won't cause too much disappointment.
The delay will have the game competing with a lot of other big titles, and I do wonder how the late release will affect demand and sales.