Square Enix cancels future Final Fantasy XV DLC, game director resigns

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Originally, the plan was for four downloadable, extra episodes to be offered, each titled after a different character: Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis.

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

Bottom line: Amid significant losses and the resignation of Luminous Productions studio head Hajime Tabata, the fate of Final Fantasy XV is all but sealed.

This news no doubt comes as a shock to fans of Final Fantasy XV, especially given the timing of the announcement.

In addition to the cancellations, it was also announced that Hajime Tabata, the man who took over from Tetsuya Nomura as director of the game in 2013, has left Square Enix. Square Enix used the stream to release a brief teaser for the expansion and reveal Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue, which is effectively two additional teasers to be released on December 15, 2018, and January 10, 2019.

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.

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Luminous was established back in March with the aim of developing blockbuster titles alongside "innovative games and entertainment", but has since refocused its efforts exclusively on triple-A development.

Despite the cuts to Final Fantasy XV's planned releases, Square Enix isn't turning its back on the game.

Finally, fans will be happy to hear that Final Fantasy XV will be getting a new cross-promotion event with Final Fantasy XIV Online dubbed "Adventurer From Another World".

"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 wrote.

A mixed bag for FFXV fans then, with lots of new content coming before the end of the year, but no more beyond the first episode launching in early 2019. "For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.

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