World of Final Fantasy Maxima Out Now For Xbox One

Alfred Osborne
November 8, 2018

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. Production for "Episode Ardyn" is ongoing, with a planned release for March 2019. According to Eurogamer, Tabata was given the option of turning Luminous Productions into one of Square Enix's regular business divisions, or spin it off into a separate company with investment from the publisher.

Akio Ofuji, the global brand director for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game, also announced in the same video that Square Enix has cancelled the development on the planned "Episode Aranea", "Episode Lunafreya", and "Episode Noctis" DLC. "The desire is to deliver this new AAA experience to everyone even a day [sic] sooner, and due to this directional change, the company chose to focus our resources on the development of this AAA title". However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is. The standalone version is playable without the main game, and will have new bosses, costumes, and weapons.

The company also announced a standalone version of the Comrades multiplayer game would be made available, while a collaboration with online game Final Fantasy XIV - called "Adventurer from Another World" was also slated to occur.

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What do you think about Tabata's resignation and Square Enix's announcements on Final Fantasy XV?

Earlier this year, Square Enix formed a new AAA development studio known as Luminous Studios, moving Tabata and a large portion of the Final Fantasy XV development team over.

While Final Fantasy XV is Tabata's biggest project to date, he's been at Square Enix for over a decade, also serving as the director on Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

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