Final Fantasy XV DLC Development Halted As Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix

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Development of future downloadable content for Final Fantasy XV has been canned following the revelation that project director Hajime Tabata has left Square Enix.

This could be linked to the reported $33m loss suffered by Square Enix announced during their fiscal report this week, where it was revealed that it is restructuring Luminous Productions to focus on AAA titles only. Tabata was the director of Luminous.

The news was revealed as part of a second-anniversary livestream from Square Enix where it was announced that the planned DLC Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis were cancelled, and won’t be released.

However, Episode Ardyn (which centres around the game’s main antagonist,) will still be dropping in March 2019.

A collaboration with online MMO Final Fantasy XIV was also revealed, titled “Adventurer from Another World,” which grafts content from A Realm Reborn into the mainline game, coming this December.

Square Enix also noted that Comrades, the multiplayer component of Final Fantasy XV, is getting its own standalone release on December 12 this year.

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.