In the most recent stream for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV, fans were expected to get an update on the upcoming content for the 2016 title, but instead were faced with the sudden resignation of game director Hajime Tabata.
The game already has the announced four episodes for additional content, but up to 75% of any upcoming or unannounced DLC for the title has been cancelled.
Tabata made an statement on the stream regarding him resigning from Square Enix:
“Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.”
Throughout his statement, Tabata reflected back on the progress made from FFXV and thanked the community that stayed after the launch two years ago.
“I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every time I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, FFXV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in. Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from FFXV to all the fans who have supported the title across from the globe”..”
Looking ahead from his resigning from Square Enix, Tabata announced that any DLC coming after Episode Ardyn will be scrapped.
“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 goal. As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt 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. From this day on, I will cheer and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans.”
This sudden announcement took many by surprise considering the success FFXV made since it released. Tabata was expected to be represent Final Fantasy like predecessor Hironobu Sakaguchi, but now with his announced leave from Square Enix and Luminous Productions, it’s unsure what’s next for the series and the upcoming projects from the new studio.
Final Fantasy XV is available now Fox Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.