Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Final Fantasy XV DLC Canned And Director Hajime Tabata Resigns

Final Fantasy XV DLC Canned And Director Hajime Tabata Resigns

The revelation came during a livestreamed Final Fantasy presentation, which outlined the company's plans for XV's forthcoming DLC packs and the newly standalone nature of XV's multiplayer mode. The game was set to get another set of character focussed "episodes" in 2019 but this will no longer be the case.

In addition, the program announced that it will release a standalone game version of the Final Fantasy XV "Comrades" DLC as Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades on December 13 (December 12 in North America), with sales of the original "Comrade" DLC to stop on the same date.

Square Enix has announced that three of the four planned DLCs for Final Fantasy XV have been cancelled. However, we found out just this week that the formation of this studio led to a huge financial loss for Square Enix, and the company was restructuring the subsidiary.

According to Akio Ofuji, brand director of Final Fantasy XV, the new IP being developed by Luminous Productions is still being worked on, and he hopes fans look forward to it. Ultimately, Tabata chose to resign. The standalone version is playable without the main game, and will have new bosses, costumes, and weapons. Only hours prior to the announcement Square Enix Holdings reported an "extraordinary loss" in finances through Luminous Productions - amounting to 3,733 million yen.

Earlier this year, Square Enix formed a new AAA development studio known as Luminous Studios, moving Tabata and a large portion of the Final Fantasy XV development team over. Hopefully Tabata continues to work in the games industry in the future at a new studio.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima is out now for Xbox One (priced $39.99/£34.99) and Nintendo Switch, as well as PlayStation 4 and PC.

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

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