Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix, DLC Cancelled

Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix, DLC Cancelled

Three out of four upcoming installments to "Final Fantasy XV" DLC were canceled, Square Enix announced Wednesday during a special livestream broadcast.

Of four planned DLC episodes, only Ardyn remains in development and will be released in March 2019, while Aranea, Lunafreye and Noctis have all been cancelled. "The Final Fantasy XV development team wish to thank all players who have taken this journey with them and will celebrate the experience with fans to the end", the publisher said in a statement.

Luminous was established back in March with the aim of developing blockbuster titles alongside "innovative games and entertainment", but has since refocused its efforts exclusively on triple-A development.

In regards to the departure of Final Fantasy 15 direct Hajime Tabata, he's left Square Enix to begin his own business and pursue his next big project. That is with the exception of Episode Ardyn, which will still release next year as a final send-off for the game. Hopefully Tabata continues to work in the games industry in the future at a new studio. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is.

Final Fantasy XV has been a monster hit for Square Enix, selling more than eight million copies worldwide since it was released in 2016 and it's seen a number of popular DLC releases since then. Did many of you play Final Fantasy XV?

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Meanwhile, it was announced that Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer component Comrades will get standalone editions on Xbox One and PS4, though no specific mention was made of PC.

It's not clear what this news means for other Final Fantasy related projects, like the remake of Final Fantasy VII, which is one of Square's most long-requested remasterings.

Regarding the "extraordinary loss" mentioned above, details of which emerged immediately before the Final Fantasy XV livestream aired, Square Enix explained that this too was due to the sudden change in direction at Luminous Productions.

At this point, it's unknown if these financial problems contributed to Tabata leaving Square Enix, but the timing is certainly coincidental.

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