Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes Canceled, Tabata Leaves Square Enix

Some really bad news have dropped into the laps of Final Fantasy XV fans. The beloved game director, Hajime Tabata, is leaving Square Enix. As a result, they’ll be canceling three of four planned DLCs, meant to come out next year. The only one left off the chopping block is Episode Ardyn, which will focus on the game’s main antagonist.

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes Canceled, Tabata Leaves Square Enix
Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes Canceled, Tabata Leaves Square Enix

And it was going so well. Fans of Final Fantasy XV were anxiously awaiting 2019, when a batch of four more DLC episodes for the game were scheduled to come out. Those hopes are now gone. In the latest Square Enix livestream, they learned some pretty sad news. Namely, the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has announced that he’s leaving Square Enix. Not only that, but three of four DLC episodes have been canceled; namely, episodes Lunafreya, Noctis, and Aranea. The only one that will see the light of day will be Episode Ardyn.

The reasons for Tabata quitting Square Enix weren’t immediately apparent. However, as Gamespot pointed out, they have mentioned that Tabata’s newly-made Luminous Studios has lost some $33 million. It’s just not very clear whether these cancellations are what cost the company all that money. Whatever the case, the results for the fans remain the same – most of the promised content is now up in smoke. Luminous will, apparently, instead work on another AAA title that is still a mystery.

Like we’ve mentioned, Square Enix and Tabata broke the news on a recent livestream, which Enix instated a while ago as a means to communicate with Final Fantasy XV fans. This was supposed to be a celebration of the game’s approaching second anniversary, and then the news hit. Needless to say, the fans are not exactly happy about the turn of events. All you need to do is glance at the like-to-dislike ratio on YouTube. What’s next in store for Final Fantasy XV, we’ll have to wait and see.

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