Today, Enix Square hosted a live stream billed as a "Special Program" with fascinating news about the upcoming Final Fantasy XV content. But in an incredible twist that is worthy of the series, the news was incredibly awesome: almost all DLCs were canceled and game director Hajime Tabata left the company altogether.
Enix Square had planned to continue its endless flow Final Fantasy XV content around 2019 with four DLC episodes centered on the characters Ardyn, Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis. Instead, only the Ardyn episode will be released – the other three are abandoned. There will be an event to partner with Final Fantasy XIV next month and multiplayer comradeship will also rotate in a standalone game for PS4 and Xbox One.
Tabata's departure is particularly strange because he recently founded and took control of a new studio at Square Enix, Luminous Productions. Final Fantasy XV passed a strange and prolonged development and Tabata is largely credited with the transformation of the project after taking over the management role of Tetsuya Nomura in 2014. The game was a critical and commercial success and continued to be updated with new features, .
"As for my next efforts and the near future, I have a project that I really want to establish as my next challenge FFXV, "Tabata said in the stream." That's why I decided to leave my current position and start my own business to achieve my goal. As its production Episode Ardyn Luminous Productions continues to work on new projects, I felt it was time to deliver the flame to the next generation of talented and trusted colleagues, and I think they will create something amazing. "