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

Doris Richards
November 8, 2018

The revelation came during a livestreamed Final Fantasy presentation, which outlined the company's plans for XV's forthcoming DLC packs and the newly standalone nature of XV's multiplayer mode.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima makes use of the Avatar Change System, enabling players to transform into legendary heroes from throughout Final Fantasy history, including FF VII protagonist Cloud Strife, Yuna from Final Fantasy X, the regal prince Noctis of Final Fantasy XV fame, and loads more.

FFXV director Hajime Tabata also announced his exit from Square Enix during the stream. According to Eurogamer, Tabata was given the option of turning Luminous Productions into one of Square Enix's regular business divisions, or spin it off into a separate company with investment from the publisher. Ultimately, Tabata chose to resign. More info on that is here, but you can see the trailer for Episode Ardyn below. There will also be a Final Fantasy XV collaboration with Final Fantasy XIV, set to launch on the same day.

Final Fantasy XV producer Yuji Shinoda and Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada announced in a "special program" on Thursday that Square Enix is producing an anime short based on the "Episode Ardyn" DLC, titled "Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue". Only hours prior to the announcement Square Enix Holdings reported an "extraordinary loss" in finances through Luminous Productions - amounting to 3,733 million yen. Hopefully Tabata continues to work in the games industry in the future at a new studio. There's no doubt that Square Enix sunk quite a bit of money into the extra Final Fantasy XV content, which probably had something to do with their financial loss.

In the announcement, Tabata said, "I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans".

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