Final Fantasy XV’s second season of DLC won’t be what fans expect following the departure of its director Hajime Tabata.
Announced during a commemorative livestream for the game that promised exciting announcements for the game, it quickly turned into a farewell for the game and its director.
The departure of Tabata is a huge sting for fans. While Final Fantasy XV launched with huge problems in both story and gameplay, Tabata is credited with bringing the game out of development hell. Earlier this year, Square opened Luminous Productions, an all-new AAA studio, with Tabata at the helm. He will no longer be working there.
The cancellation of XV’s DLC is presumably linked to the huge $33 million loss Square Enix took during the second half of this year. The loss, which was mostly pinned down to the opening of Luminous Productions, allegedly caused Square to turn the company into one of its regular business divisions, according to Eurogamer.
During the livestream, Tabata came out with a heartfelt message for his fans:
“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.”
The first of Final Fantasy XV’s four planned DLCs will still see release in early 2019. For fans, this will be a sad end to what we thought would be a never-ending product, but at least XV is now in a good place.