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

Joanna Estrada
November 8, 2018

Akio Ofuji, the global brand director for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game, also announced in the same video that Square Enix has cancelled the development on the planned "Episode Aranea", "Episode Lunafreya", and "Episode Noctis" DLC.

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.

The news on the DLC front is surprising: three of the four announced DLC packs scheduled for release in 2019 have been canceled. "The desire is to deliver this new AAA experience to everyone even a day [sic] sooner, and due to this directional change, the company made a decision to focus our resources on the development of this AAA title". "The main objective of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market".

The departure follows a press release from the company reporting a "Booking of Extraordinary Loss" of 3.73 billion yen (approximately $33 million), which Game Industry points to being caused by strategy changes at subsidiary Luminous Productions.

During his time at Square Enix, Hajime Tabata worked on Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV and a host of other titles. You can check out a new trailer for the game down below. It wasn't all bad news, however, as the multiplayer expansion Comrades will be getting a standalone release next month and a crossover quest with Final Fantasy XIV will be added into the game in December as well.

"In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV", Tabata's statement read.

What do you think about Tabata's resignation and Square Enix's announcements on Final Fantasy XV?

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