People hoping to get physical copies of upcoming Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV books will have to wait a bit longer. Square Enix’s Manga & Books division has announced delays for multiple physical releases as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. While the digital releases, when applicable, will go on as planned, the physical copies of a number of upcoming game-related books and mangas are all being delayed by weeks and months due to non-essential businesses being closed and shelter-in-place orders being carried out. Updated, estimated release dates have been offered for each one.
The two game-related titles are a Final Fantasy XIV art book and a Final Fantasy XV book. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers The Art of Reflection: Histories Forsaken was supposed to launch on May 12, 2020, but its physical copies will now appear on July 28, 2020. Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future, which had already been delayed to June 23, 2020, will now have its physical copies appear on July 14, 2020. Though, you will still see digital copies of the short story collection on June 23rd.
As for the other manga, Square Enix offered new potential launch dates. The Soul Eater: The Perfect Edition 1 physical copies were supposed to launch on May 26, 2020, but they should now appear on July 28, 2020. High Score Girl’s third volume will still be available digitally on June 23, 2020, but its physical release will now appear on July 28, 2020. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town’s second volume will appear digitally on June 23, 2020, but its physical copies will show up on August 25, 2020. Finally, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina’s adventures will begin in its first volume digitally on May 12, 2020, but its physical launch has been bumped back to July 14, 2020.
As a reminder, these new release dates for the Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV books and manga volumes are all tentative and Square Enix might end up delaying more physical entries further.