Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata Resigns, Three Of Four Planned DLCs Cancelled
Oh no. A special announcement stream for Final Fantasy XV was done recently. This was usually seen as the Active Time Report where game director Hajime Tabata showcased the long-in-development game’s progress as it inched closer to its eventual release on November 2016.
However, the Special Program stream as it is called, delivered some bad news for fans. The previously announced new season of 4 DLCs, collectively called “The Dawn Of The Future”, will only have one DLC releasing in March next year, Episode Ardyn. The rest of the planned episodes centered around Aranea, Lunafreya, Noctis have been cancelled.
Further development of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition has been halted. Several mod tools were in development at this time, and will now be cancelled.
It was also announced that Hajime Tabata has left the company. After the release of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix created Luminous Productions, an in-house team made up of veterans that worked on Final Fantasay XV to work on new IPs and us the game’s Luminous Engine for use outside of games. Tabata previously headed that team until his resignation.
Tabata did not appear on screen either. He left a letter instead, read on stream, thanking the fans that has supported the game and himself personally all these years.
“To everyone watching the program, hello, this is Tabata. It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of FFXV. I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.
“I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every time I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, FFXV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in. Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from FFXV to all the fans who have supported the title across from the globe.
“In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.
“As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing. From this day on, I will cheer and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans.
“I would like to thank everyone who continue to support FFXV and those who have supported myself personally.”
The day just before the stream aired, Square Enix has reported “extraordinary loss” of 3,733 million yen (around $32,775,740 USD or RM136,887,878) due to Luminous Productions.
The last time we heard reportsof “extraordinary loss” from Square Enix resulted in Hitman developers IO Interactive splitting off from the Japanese publisher. The losses are somewhat comparable, 43 million USD was lost for IO and around 33 million USD is for Luminous Productions.
— SunhiLegend (@SunhiLegend) November 8, 2018
Despite the sombre news, there’s still more content coming to Final Fantasy XV. Alongside Episode Ardyn in March 2019, a crossover event in Final Fantasy XIV will be available. A standalone version of the multiplayer mode DLC, Comrades, will also be releasing soon.
Via Game Informer