By Anjan Rajamani
The game director of Final Fantasy XV, Hajime Tabata has left the company, most of the planned DLC have also been cancelled
Square Enix, the publisher of the game, had hosted a stream hosted earlier today. The stream was named “Special Program” during which Hajime Tabata had announced to leave the company altogether.
On the live stream, Tabata had said “In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFX. 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 that 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.”
Tabata’s departure is particularly surprising because he recently set up and took control of a new studio within Square Enix, Luminous Productions. Fans of the series were expecting exciting news about upcoming Final Fantasy XV content. But to their despair, almost all of the DLC has been cancelled. Square Enix had initially planned on a never-ending flow of content for Final Fantasy XV through 2019. Four DLC episodes were planned which had centred around the characters of the game – Ardyn, Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis. Instead, only the episodes would be released — the rest have been shelved.