Square Enix cancels future Final Fantasy XV DLC, game director resigns

Laverne Mann
November 9, 2018

Square Enix also confirmed during the livestream that the team at Luminous Productions - which has been responsible for supporting Final Fantasy 15 throughout the years - is now working on a new project, and it seems likely that it'll focus its full efforts on whatever that game is once Ardyn's DLC releases in March 2019.

All but one Episode of "The Dawn of the Future", the Final Fantasy XV DLC initially scheduled to release throughout 2019, has been cancelled.

Following on from Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix gave Hajime Tabata his own studio known as "Luminous Productions", which was set to develop new Triple A games and other media content.

Square Enix held a special Final Fantasy XV livestream today to commemorate the game's upcoming second anniversary. It's not clear what came first in this case, the chicken or the egg, but whatever he left first, or the DLC was cancelled causing him to quit, Final Fantasy XV's development is no longer ongoing in the fashion it was before. 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". "The main objective of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market".

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The new DLCs were being developed by Luminous Productions, game director Tabata's new studio within the company. All except Episode Ardyn have been cancelled, with Ardyn still planned for its March 2019 release.

The reason behind the move seems most likely to be related to Square Enix's poor earnings report, which saw it publishing a loss of a massive $33 million. It's not all bad news, in other words.

What do you think about Tabata's resignation and Square Enix's announcements on Final Fantasy XV? He continued, "I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. 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.

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