In addition to the new about Tabata, Square Enix also canceled three out of the four DLC episodes planned for the game, leaving only Episode Ardyn remaining. It was just earlier this year that the developer had detailed Final Fantasy XV's story DLC release schedule at PAX.
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.
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"A new company called Luminous Productions was formed, centered around the staff who had previously been developing the main game as part of BD2, and they have continued to work on the project since", he said during the stream.
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. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is. That is with the exception of Episode Ardyn, which will still release next year as a final send-off for the game. Did many of you play Final Fantasy XV?
It's not clear what this news means for other Final Fantasy related projects, like the remake of Final Fantasy VII, which is one of Square's most long-requested remasterings.
In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. Tabata officially resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix on October 31st. We'll see a crossover event with Final Fantasy 14 launch next month across Xbox One, PS4, and PC, while Final Fantasy 15: Comrades is still due for its standalone release on Xbox One and PS4 on December 12.