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Multiple DLC for ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Canceled After Director Departure

Multiple DLC for ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Canceled After Director Departure”

As the presentation went on, Square Enix also announced that Final Fantasy XV's Comrades multiplayer will be released as a standalone game.

All but one Episode of "The Dawn of the Future", the Final Fantasy XV DLC initially scheduled to release throughout 2019, has been cancelled. FFXV director Hajime Tabata has left the company too, planning to start his own company for his own project.

The director of Final Fantasy XV has quit Square Enix and three of the four DLC episodes that were planned for the next year have been canceled. Tabata took the troubled project over partway through development, during the time it was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII and directed by Tetsuya Nomura. Square Enix announced all four of them at the same time way back in April, and each DLC was meant to focus on a specific character: Ardyn, Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis.

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. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is. Meanwhile, the internal game studio Luminous Productions that was originally working on the DLC will focus on AAA titles going forward.

"In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV". Now the only one that will be released is Episode Ardyn, planned to debut in March 2019, as per PCGamesN.

"For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal".

As for a possible Final Fantasy XV collaboration for Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki Yoshida made a brief appearance to talk about the crossover, but said he couldn't say much more other than "we'll see". In fact, he's leaving Square Enix altogether.

Regarding the "extraordinary loss" mentioned above, details of which emerged immediately before the Final Fantasy XV livestream aired, Square Enix explained that this too was due to the sudden change in direction at Luminous Productions.



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