UPDATE 2.15pm: Final Fantasy 15 publisher Square Enix has responded to the game's broken street date, after early copies of the game were sold in South America and streamed online.

In a statement to fans, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata said his team were "very regretful" of the situation.

"The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind," Tabata wrote. "Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorised distribution of the boxed edition of Final Fantasy 15 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 15 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 unauthorised 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."

Final Fantasy 15's official worldwide release date, if you had forgotten, is 29th November.

ORIGINAL STORY 8.45pm: Final Fantasy 15 fans, beware. Copies of Square Enix's highly-anticipated role-playing game are now in the wild, and spoilers are now on the internet.

Of course, we won't be spoiling anything here.

Late last week, a number of physical copies went on sale in Peru - well ahead of the game's official street date. Both the standard and deluxe edition were available to buy.

Final Fantasy 15 is not due to launch officially until 29th November.

Predictably, spoilers from the game's early sections then popped up over the weekend on the usual places - GAF, 4chan.

Twitch and YouTube Gaming have both already seen a number of early streams.

Final Fantasy 15 launches this month after a mammoth 10-year period of development. Be careful where you click from now on - it'd be a shame if such a long wait was spoiled.

For less-spoilery footage, Aoife and Chris have been playing and enjoying Final Fantasy 15. We posted an early look at the polished experience last month, when both were impressed by the game's progress, and then again last week in a full hour of gameplay where they rode chocobos and bullied some giraffes.

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