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Final Fantasy 15 DLC Canceled; Director Tabata Leaves Square Enix

Final Fantasy 15 DLC Canceled; Director Tabata Leaves Square Enix

Those looking to adventure further in Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV universe will likely be disappointed to hear that 3 of the 4 upcoming content add-ons for the game have been cancelled. 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.

Final Fantasy XV's DLC production ends. "The desire is to deliver this new AAA experience to everyone even a day [sic] sooner, and due to this directional change, the company chose to focus our resources on the development of this AAA title". Given the investment already made in the DLC, Square are writing off $33 million as an "extraordinary loss".

In regards to the departure of Final Fantasy 15 direct Hajime Tabata, he's left Square Enix to begin his own business and pursue his next big project. Now the only one that will be released is Episode Ardyn, planned to debut in March 2019, as per PCGamesN.

Square Enix also confirmed during the livestream that the team at Luminous Productions - which has been responsible for supporting Final Fantasy 15 throughout the years - is now working on a new project, and it seems likely that it'll focus its full efforts on whatever that game is once Ardyn's DLC releases in March 2019.

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The new DLCs were being developed by Luminous Productions, game director Tabata's new studio within the company. It wasn't all bad news, however, as the multiplayer expansion Comrades will be getting a standalone release next month and a crossover quest with Final Fantasy XIV will be added into the game in December as well.

At this point, it's unknown if these financial problems contributed to Tabata leaving Square Enix, but the timing is certainly coincidental.

Tabata hasn't announced what he will be doing next but Luminous Productions will continue to exist under Square Enix.

Read an official statement from director Akio Ofuji on the cancellation of the Final Fantasy XV DLC, published earlier today on Gematsu.


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