If you were looking forward to the upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix has some bad news for you. Three of the four episodes have been cancelled and game director Hajime Tabata has left the company, with his last day at Square Enix and internal studio Luminous being October 31.
Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis have been scrapped with only Ardyn’s DLC staying in development, with a planned March 2019 release. Luminous will move onto making a new AAA game, though no details about the game have been released yet.
Tabata left with a letter, and mention of his future plans. While we wish him all of the best in the future, there is quite the sting for anyone that was looking forward to seeing the last few bits of story play out regarding some key figures.
Hello, this is Tabata.
It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. 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.
Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.
I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every title I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.
Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV to all the fans who have supported the title across the globe.
In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. 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.
From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all of you fans.
I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.
— Hajime Tabata