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Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV di­rec­tor leaves Square Enix and DLC is can­celled

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Square Enix has re­cently an­nounced dur­ing a live stream that Fi­nal Fan­tasy

XV’s di­rec­tor Ha­jime Ta­bata has re­signed from Lu­mi­nous Pro­duc­tions and has left the Square Enix Group. In a writ­ten state­ment, shown as part of the live stream, Ta­bata thanked all of the FFXV fans that have sup­ported the game and wished all the best to Lu­mi­nous Pro­duc­tions and Square Enix and their fu­ture en­deav­ours. He also ex­plained that his rea­son for leav­ing was to cre­ate his own busi­ness in or­der to re­alise his am­bi­tions for his next project, which will be a brand new IP.

Along­side Ta­bata’s de­par­ture, Square Enix also an­nounced that the first of the four pieces of planned char­ac­ter-driven DLC, called Episode

Ar­dyn, will now be the only DLC to be re­leased, with de­vel­op­ment on the other three can­celled. Episode Ar­dyn will be set be­fore the events of FFXV and will have the player tak­ing con­trol of FFXV pri­mary an­tag­o­nist, Ar­dyn. The DLC has a planned re­lease for some time in March 2019.

Trou­bled times

FFXV ini­tially suf­fered from a trou­bled de­vel­op­ment un­til Ta­bata took the reigns and made a bunch of sweep­ing changes in or­der to re­alise and de­liver the game. This in­tense de­vel­op­ment pe­riod clearly had a huge im­pact on Ta­bata. He has pre­vi­ously re­vealed in an OXM in­ter­view how it felt to work on a sin­gle game for so long, say­ing that “it feels as though it’s a part of my life”. And when asked in the same in­ter­view what were the most im­por­tant lessons learned while work­ing on the game, he re­sponded: “The im­por­tance of in­no­va­tion, the im­por­tance of friends… and that work­ing too much is not good.”

Ha­jime Ta­bata’s work has been ap­plauded and he has made an in­deli­ble mark on the Fi­nal Fan­tasy fran­chise. We look for­ward to see­ing what he comes up with next at his own de­vel­op­ment stu­dio. ■

RIGHT With FFXV wrap­ping up, the de­vel­op­ers can con­cen­trate on other stuff, like re­leas­ing FFXVI be­fore 2028.

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