Hajime Tabata Resigns, Incoming FFXV DLCs Canceled

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This is heartbreaking. Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata has just resigned from Square Enix and Luminous Productions. Several incoming FFXV DLCs such as the Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis add-ons have been canceled, although the Episode Ardyn DLC will still be released. Furthermore, Episode Ardyn Prologue has also been announced.

To Everyone Watching the Program,

Hello, this is Tabata.

It’s almost going to be 2 whole years since the release of FFXV.

I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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.

I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix.

Every title 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 the globe.

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 that 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 on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans.

I would like to thank everyone who continue to support FFXV and those who have also supported myself personally.

Hajime Tabata

Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis were part of “Dawn of the Future” DLC plan, but now have ceased their production. Episode Ardyn will still be arriving March of next year to platforms where FFXV is available, and it will be directed by Takefumi Terada and produced by Yuji Shinoda.

The Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue is an animation production that's currently in development, and teasers for it will be available this December and January.

Hajime Tabata has worked hard during the course of Final Fantasy XV to bring more content and fill in the seemingly barren world the game was in when it was first released. Thanks to his continued progress on the game, several improvements and DLCs have been implemented to add to the game’s lifespan as well.

We’re wishing Tabata the best of luck and success to his future endeavors!

Source | Siliconera

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