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 euros - with the Luminous Productions, the recently established study of Tabata, cited in the statement. Strangely, Square Enix made the announcement regarding Tabata and the cancellation of the DLCs as part of a special live stream.
Hajime Tabata was a winning fan presence and part of the new generation of Square Enix developers. He started his career at Tecmo, while at Square Enix he served in games like Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core, The Third Birthday and Final Fantasy Type-0. The latter's success then led him to the troubled Final Fantasy Versus 13 project, which he helped bring home as Final Fantasy XV towards the end of the 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 upcoming 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.