Final Fantasy and Square Enix Have Grim News
Yesterday, Square Enix announced the cancellation of three out of four planned expansions for Final Fantasy 15. The canceled DLC episodes are Aranea, Lunafreye, and Noctis. The fourth, Ardyn, remains scheduled for a March 2019 release.
Additionally, game director Hajime Tabata has left the company. His last day at Square Enix was October 31.
The Cancelled Expansions
The DLC episodes were being developed by Square Enix internal studio, Luminous. Now that the content has been scrapped, the team will focus on creating a fresh AAA game. In their earnings report, Square Enix revealed a major change to Luminous had resulted in a loss of $33 million. As of now, the loss is likely related to the DLC cancellations.
What’s Next for the Former Game Director?
Tabata has intentions to start his own company. He writes, “I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.”
Tabata then thanked the fans. He goes on to state during his resignation, “I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
What’s Next for Final Fantasy?
At the same time, Square Enix announced FFXV: Multiplayer Comrades will be released separately of the base game. There will be 10 new bosses, and more costumes and weapons than the standalone product. Comrades will launch on December 13. Those who have bought the expansion get the standalone edition for free.
Additionally, a short anime film entitled Final Fantasy XV Episode Prologue is in the works. A teaser will be available on December 15. A second one will release on January 10.
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