Hajime Tabata, the man who managed to complete the complicated project of ending Fantasy XV, he left Square Enix, thus leading to the cancellation of the remaining DLC planned for the game.
The news comes on the announcement of a "loss extraordinary"Of 3.733 million yen - just over 25 million - with the Luminous Productions, the recently established Tabata study, cited in the press release. Strangely, Square Enix made the announcement regarding Tabata and the cancellation of the DLC as part of a special live stream.
Hajime Tabata was a winning presence among fans and part of the new generation of developers of Square Enix. He began his career at Tecmo, while in Square Enix he served in games like Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core, The Third Birthday and Final Fantasy Type-0. The success of the latter then led him to the troubled Final Fantasy Versus 13 project, which helped bring home as Final Fantasy XV towards the end of 2016.
The title was considered a success, with over 8 millions of copies sold and a long series of DLC, now reduced as the five episodes scheduled for the 2019 will never see the light. Here is what was said by Tabata during the live stream;
As for my next efforts and my near future, I have a project that I really want to consolidate as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. "As the production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt it was time for me to deliver the torch to the group of talented and trustworthy future colleagues and I believe they will create something extraordinary.