Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes Cancelled; Game Director Hajime Tabata Resigns

Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes Cancelled; Game Director Hajime Tabata Resigns

Earlier this year, Square Enix formed a new AAA development studio known as Luminous Studios, moving Tabata and a large portion of the Final Fantasy XV development team over.

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.

Along with this news, Tabata announced that he has resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix and plans to start his own company to work on new projects in the future.

Unfortunately for fans of the game, the stream didn't feature much in the way of good news, with Square also canceling the majority of Final Fantasy XV's upcoming DLC.

So, for fans of Final Fantasy 15, this is likely disappointing news, but the silver lining is that some of the game's planned DLC is surviving this purge. That is with the exception of Episode Ardyn, which will still release next year as a final send-off for the game. Meanwhile, the internal game studio Luminous Productions that was originally working on the DLC will focus on AAA titles going forward. "The main goal of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market".


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.

"In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV", Tabata's statement read. "For that reason, I have made a decision to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.

What do you think about Tabata's resignation and Square Enix's announcements on Final Fantasy XV?

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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