It's been known for some time that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will ship with a download ticket good for a Final Fantasy XV demo, and further suggested that the demo might only be available for a limited time. Recent information now makes demo access seem even more restricted, as Square Enix is making codes available only to the first wave of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD copies.
In addition to confirming that the demo will "never (be released) as a standalone piece," Square Enix said on the PlayStation Blog:
"(The demo is) intended to be a special gift for those of you who purchase early — the demo will be limited to the 'Day One' edition of the game, meaning that only the first shipment is going to have the demo in it. So if the demo is something you think you might like, we highly encourage you to pre-order…."
That's not to say that no FFXV demo of any kind will ever go public, but may only be referring to the Episode Duscae version included with FFT-0. Only time will tell if another demo does arrive for the masses.
Square Enix knows that people will lay down good money for even just a taste of what's been cooking (albeit on the very back burner) since 2006, and the company intends to exploit that for as much financial gain as possible. Does that irk you, or do you see that as an effective way to make back what has to be a huge development cost?