Square Enix cancels three of the four content updates planned for Final Fantasy XV, and confirms the departure of director, Hajime Tabata.
Square Enix has announced that three previously announced Final Fantasy XV DLC episodes – based on the characters Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis – will no longer be produced. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn is still in production, and will be released early next year.
It was also confirmed that the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has resigned from his duties at Square Enix and new studio, Luminous Productions. Tabata left at the end of October, and plans to start his own company.
The news came during a Square Enix livestream to mark Final Fantasy XV‘s second anniversary.
If you are looking for some crumbs of comfort, a special collaboration event is planned with Final Fantasy XIV Online. Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades is also set to receive a standalone release. Like we said, crumbs.
The Final Fantasy XIV Online collaboration will begin at 5pm on December 12, 2018. It will be available to all Final Fantasy XV players as a free update, and adds the brand new in-game quest, Adventurer from Another World. The quest sees Noctis journey to Perpetouss Keep to battle the Garuda from Final Fantasy XIV Online.
Current owners of the game’s Comrade multiplayer expansion on console will be able to download the new standalone version for free. It will launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 12, 2018.
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn is set before the events of the main game, and promises to explore the back story of antagonist, Ardyn Izunia. The content expansion will be accompanied by an anime prologue, and is planned for release in March 2019.