Monday, 19 November, 2018

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

Final Fantasy 15 Dawn of the Future Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades Launches This December
Sherri Watson | 09 November, 2018, 01:54

During Square Enix's worldwide Final Fantasy XV broadcast, they announced that the standalone Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades will launch on December 12 for PS4 and Xbox One. Episodes concerned with characters Aranea, Lunafreye and Noctis have all been ditched, though the Ardyn pack - which focuses on the game's main antagonist - will still come in March 2019. It was just earlier this year that the developer had detailed Final Fantasy XV's story DLC release schedule at PAX. And due to this directional change, the company has 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".

The announcement comes on the heels of game director Hajima Tabata's departure from Square Enix. We'll see what's next for Square Enix and Luminous Productions soon enough, so stay tuned for that, but head down to the comments section in the meantime to let us know if you were looking forward to the Final Fantasy 15 episodes that will now no longer see the light of day. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is.

All but one Episode of "The Dawn of the Future", the Final Fantasy XV DLC initially scheduled to release throughout 2019, has been cancelled.

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.

Tabata, meanwhile, revealed his decision to leave Square Enix was motivated by a desire to work on a brand-new project of his own.

Polygon said Tabata had "a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV".

Tabata hasn't announced what he will be doing next but Luminous Productions will continue to exist under Square Enix. Did many of you play Final Fantasy XV?