Today during a special Final Fantasy XV presentation, it was announced that three out of the four planned expansions for the game have been cancelled. These expansions in question were episodes that included Aranea, Lunafreye, and Noctis. Fortunately, Episode Ardyn is still in development and is planned for a March 2019 release.
However, it was also announced that the game’s director Hajime Tabata has left Square Enix as of October 31. He stated that they were able to get this far thanks to all the loyal fans of the series. Instead, he will go on to start his own game company, saying “I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.”
These DLC Episodes were being developed by Luminous Studios, a new internal Square Enix studio, but they have now shifted gears into a new fully-fledged game. This decision resulted in a $33 million loss from the company.
The rest of the presentation gave news about FFXV: Multiplayer Comrades now being a standalone title instead of needing the base game, as well as a new cross-promotion with Final Fantasy XIV. That being an event called “Adventurer From Another World,” available in Final Fantasy XV on December 12.