Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix

The director of Final Fantasy XV has quit Square Enix and three of the four DLC episodes that were planned for the next year have been canceled.

Tabata detailed his own departure during a livestream that was initially billed as a "Special Program" concerning the future of Final Fantasy XV. Squeenix expand elsewhere that they "decided to focus [Luminous's] development efforts on large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages [their] strengths". Which itself came on the back of an earlier report that the company had posted an "extraordinary loss" of 3,733 million Yen (roughly $33) for the six-month period ending the 30th September. During a recent livestream, Square Enix announced that Tabata has stepped own as the game's director.

The Final Fantasy XV stream continued with additional announcements to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the game, including Final Fantasy XV: Comrades being released as a standalone game that does not require the main game to play, coming December 12, 2018. "As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next-generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something awesome", Tabata added.

Final Fantasy XV's DLC plans were extensive, and the Comrades multiplayer, which is set to release on 13th December, will now be spun off into a standalone game called FFXV: Multiplayer Comrades with 10 new bosses, more costumes and weapons. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is. Existing DLC for Final Fantasy XV will see a price drop.

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.

Tabata hasn't announced what he will be doing next but Luminous Productions will continue to exist under Square Enix. "For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.

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