With Tabata taking leave of the company and the Final Fantasy XV project, three of the four planned DLC expansions have been cancelled.
"It's nearly going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. The desire is to deliver this new AAA experience to everyone even a day [sic] sooner, and due to this directional change, the company chose to focus our resources on the development of this AAA title".
Final Fantasy XV released in 2016 with a season pass containing extra content, but season pass holders won't be missing out, as it appears everything that was promised has been released. He explained that Luminous Productions, the Square Enix studio built in 2018 from the core of the FFXV team to support the game as well as make new games, will focus on the new.
So, for fans of Final Fantasy 15, this is likely disappointing news, but the silver lining is that some of the game's planned DLC is surviving this purge.
Final Fantasy XV was in production for almost a decade.
"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 XV", Tabata's statement read. However, the Ardyn DLC is due to release in March 2019. "For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal". Tabata officially resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix on October 31st. The standalone version is playable without the main game, and will have new bosses, costumes, and weapons. There are plans to release a new anime short, and a collaboration with MMO Final Fantasy XIV will arrive on December 12th. The event is set to go live on 12th December for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.