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Final Fantasy XV director leaves Square Enix and DLC is cancelled
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.
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. ■