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Most of the Final Fantasy XV DLC has been cancelled as game director Hajime Tabata parts ways with Square Enix

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Final Fantasy XV was a game that was at one stage in its production, perilously close to never seeing the light of day. Spending years in production as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the game would eventually evolve into a proper mainline entry in the Final Fantasy universe. Released two years ago, Final Fantasy XV did chuffing well, earning rave reviews and plenty of love from its fanbase.

Not just a done in one game, Final Fantasy XV was designed for longevity and as a platform for more content to thrown into its mix along the way. That was two years ago, and in a new announcement from Square Enix, it looks like the tale of brotherhood has finally reached the end of its road. Albeit far earlier than intended.

Square Enix revealed last night that three of the four planned Final Fantasy XV episodes (Aranea, Lunafreye and Noctis) have been scrapped, leaving only the Ardyn expansion and a short-form anime to wrap up the Final Fantasy XV story next year March. Most devastating of all however, was the news that long-time game director Hajime Tabata has parted ways with Square Enix, having left on October 31.

FF XV Announcement

“In regards to my next endeavors and near future, 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 own goals,” Tabata said in a statement.

As production of Episode Ardyn continues 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.

That departure is going to result in some hefty losses for Square Enix, as the content that the Luminous internal studio was working on, had a price tag of over $33 million that the company will now have to absorb. Luminous will now be tasked with making a new AAA game, while Tabata leaves for greener pastures.

Last Updated: November 8, 2018


  1. I’m so fucking heartbroken it ended this way. Been on this ride for years now and to have it conclude this way just…hurts. Nothing but respect for Tabata and the team for delivering game that helped me through the darkest of times.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      November 8, 2018 at 08:03

      Sorry Umar.


      • Umar

        November 8, 2018 at 08:13

        Thanks G. Not everyone will feel the same way, but I guess that’s why games are so special. This really came at time when I struggling to cope with death of loved ones, and even those who were not yet here. So I’ll always have a special place for this game in my heart. Sad to see it end this way, but will always be grateful for the magic it brought to my life.


    • The D

      November 8, 2018 at 08:08

      All the hugs buddy.


  2. Original Heretic

    November 8, 2018 at 08:32

    Crap, and I haven’t even finished this game…


    • Geoffrey Tim

      November 8, 2018 at 08:37

      Neither has Square Enix.


      • Original Heretic

        November 8, 2018 at 08:44

        Oh, that’s a burn!


      • CrAiGiSh

        November 8, 2018 at 08:57

        Laughed harder than I should … XD


  3. Brian

    November 8, 2018 at 09:24

    Was looking forward to Episode Lunafreya, to see more of her story. Too bad that’s not gonna happen…


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