Final Fantasy XV DLC cancelled as director quits

Final Fantasy XV DLC plans canceled amid Hajime Tabata's departure

In a surprising and drastic move, Square Enix have chose to can the production of more DLC for Final Fantasy XV and write off the costs of its production, as they look to point Luminous Productions toward creating new AAA games. Of the four announced DLC packs, Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis, three have been canceled. Squeenix expand elsewhere that they "decided to focus [Luminous's] development efforts on large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages [their] strengths". Given the investment already made in the DLC, Square are writing off $33 million as an "extraordinary loss".

Following on from Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix gave Hajime Tabata his own studio known as "Luminous Productions", which was set to develop new Triple A games and other media content.

A new company called Luminous Productions was formed, centred around the staff who had previously been developing the main game as part of Business Division 2, and have continued to work on the project since. Now the only one that will be released is Episode Ardyn, planned to debut in March 2019, as per PCGamesN. Final Fantasy XV was considered a success, but this news does put an abrupt end to the for future episode DLCs planned for the game.

Square Enix's RPG began its development cycle as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but after several years in development and a change of graphics engines, Hajime Tabata took over development and it was reborn as Final Fantasy XV. "The main goal of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market". Existing DLC for Final Fantasy XV will see a price drop.

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"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".

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

At this point, it's unknown if these financial problems contributed to Tabata leaving Square Enix, but the timing is certainly coincidental.

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