The man who saved Final Fantasy XV from disaster has quit the company, following a £25 million loss in Square Enixs latest earnings.
Plans for more DLC for Final Fantasy XV have suddenly been cancelled, as Square Enix announced (via a strangely maudlin livestream) that director Hajime Tabata has quit the series.
Tabata was heading up Luminous Productions studio, which has previously enjoyed a degree of autonomy from Square Enix. He was apparently given the choice of either making it a regular studio or spinning it off into his own company with Square Enix investment.
Instead though he chose to simply leave the company, with Luminous Productions now expected to lose its special status.
The news came as Square Enix posted its latest financial results, in which it recorded a loss of ¥3,733 million yen – over £25 million. Although the decision over Tabatas future was actually made during the summer.
Hajime Tabata has been at Square Enix since at least 1999, working on titles such as Crisis Core: Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0.
His most notable work though was on Final Fantasy XV, which had languished in development hell for years and which he took over and turned into a major financial success for Square Enix.
The 2016 game was so successful that there were still plans to release four new episodes of DLC next year, but now only Episode Ardyn will be finished.
According to VG247 PC support in general will also be pared back, with multiplayer addition Final Fantasy XV: Comrades now only destined for consoles and, apart from Episode Ardyn, all future PC updates have been cancelled.
Whether Tabatas departure was acrimonious or not is unclear, but the fact he was hinting at a new project on the livestream could be taken as meaning that whatever it is will still be published by Square Enix.
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, he said.
Its not the only staff issues that Square Enix has had this week, as Dragon Quest (which in Japan sells more than Final Fantasy) creator Yuji Horii opened up about a 20-year affair he had with a staff member, and the $10 million divorce settlement with his wife.
Hes subsequently married his former lover, but the 64-year-old veteran has given no indication his role at developer Armor Project, which has an exclusive contract with Square Enix, will change.
In fact, not only is his new wife listed as a current staff member but so too is his daughter from his previous marriage and his ex-wife…
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