​Almost All Final Fantasy 15 DLC Cancelled, Director Hajime Tabata Quits Square Enix

Final Fantasy fans, look away now.

75% of Final Fantasy XV's upcoming DLC has been axed following the game's director, Hajime Tabata, leaving Square Enix for good.

Tabata unexpectedly broke the news yesterday during a livestream - dubbed a "Special Program" - with many expecting Enix to deliver exciting news regarding upcoming FFXV content. That's one word for it, anyway.

Final Fantasy XV director quits Square Enix. Credit: Square Enix
Final Fantasy XV director quits Square Enix. Credit: Square Enix

Instead, three of the four episodes planned to release next year - based on characters Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis - have been chucked down the virtual drain. Ardyn's new story will still launch in 2019.

To he honest, fans were preparing for bad news to come from Enix at any second; the company's latest financial report unearthed an "extraordinary loss amounting to 3,733 million yen" (around £25 million).

Even more, Enix cited Luminous Productions in their report - the studio Tabata recently formed. Eurogamer understands that Tabata had the choice to turn Luminous Productions into a Square Enix business division or run it as his own company, with Enix investing.

Looks like he didn't fancy either, as Tabata - who replaced Tetsuya Nomura in 2013 to spearhead FFXV - has up and left Enix completely. Here's what he said during the livestream:

"In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy 15.

"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."

Final Fantasy XV's latest updates. Credit: Square Enix
Final Fantasy XV's latest updates. Credit: Square Enix

As noted in the picture above, the livestream also revealed a Final Fantasy XIV cross-over for Xbox One, PS4, and PC and a standalone version of Comrades multiplayer for Xbox One and PS4.

What do you think about XV's cancelled DLC? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Square Enix

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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