In a surprising and drastic move, Square Enix have decided 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. However, the decision comes at what could be a much higher cost for the company as Director Hajime Tabata, who shepherded the troubled project through to completion has resigned and now plans to start up his own company.
Of four planned DLC episodes, only Ardyn remains in development and will be released in March 2019, while Aranea, Lunafreye and Noctis have all been cancelled. Given the investment already made in the DLC, Square are writing off $33 million as an “extraordinary loss”. This loss was announced in a financial statement alongside an explanation that Luminous would now move to making new AAA games, and it’s now clear what it relates to.
In the announcement, Tabata said, “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.” He continued, “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.
“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 continues to support FFXV and those who have also supported myself personally.”
Final Fantasy XV’s DLC plans were extensive, and the Comrades multiplayer, which is set to release on 13th December, will now be spun off into a standalone game called FFXV: Multiplayer Comrades with 10 new bosses, more costumes and weapons. If you’ve already bought it as DLC for FFXV, then you get the standalone release for free.