A product, not the goal.
Square Enix had announced a second season of DLC for their esteemed cup noodle/boy band simulator Final Fantasy XV earlier this year at PAX East, but now that second season has been cancelled outright.
During a second anniversary celebratory live stream, Square broke the news alongside an announcement that the development team Luminous Productions, which had been established earlier in the year, would be working on a new AAA project. That new AAA project has taken central focus for the development team, so more work on FFXV couldn’t really be justified.
On top of this announcement, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has resigned from both Luminous Productions and Square Enix, explaining his leave in a letter presented on stream:
Hello, this is Tabata.
It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. 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, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.
Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV 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 Final Fantasy XV. 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 of you fans.
I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.
The first of the planned DLCs, Episode Ardyn, will still be released in March of 2019, and a standalone version of the game’s multiplayer component Comrades will be released on December 12th on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The long in-development Final Fantasy XIV crossover event will also be taking place this December, with events happening in both XIV and XV.
There was a time where it seemed like Final Fantasy XV would just keep going on forever, but now it seems that its days have at last been numbered. While it would’ve been nice to see female characters like Aranea Highwind and Lady Lunafreya actually get a chance in the spotlight, I think it’s best for Final Fantasy XV to finally take a break.