In yesterday’s Final Fantasy XV Special Program, it was announced that some of the game’s upcoming DLC will not be released. Square Enix also confirmed that the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, had departed the company as of 31 October.

With a planned release schedule of early 2019, three of the four DLC that were confirmed by the Final Fantasy XV development team earlier in the year have been cancelled due to a restructuring of Luminous Productions – the Square Enix in-house studio behind the Final Fantasy game.

After a reported financial loss of $33 million by Square Enix earlier in the week, Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis have ceased development and Episode Ardyn will be the only DLC still continuing with its March 2019 release date.

However, there will still be more content released over the coming months.

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Comrades will be released as a standalone game on 12 December. The game will introduce new bosses, cosmetics, and weapons and will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

An announcement was also made, showing off a collaboration between Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XIV called “Adventure from Another World”. This event will begin on 12 December and will award players who complete the quest with Final Fantasy XIV themed outfits for Noctis and the gang, as well as the chance to battle against the primal, Garuda.

Along with these announcements, a message was released during the broadcast from Final Fantasy XV‘s Director, Hajime Tabata telling fans that he was departing the company in order to pursue his own projects.

As the director behind other Final Fantasy titles, including Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-O, Tabata played a significant role in developing some notable Square Enix games.

Final Fantasy XV was known for a having a development cycle that spanned almost a decade but when Tabata took over the project in 2013 he was able to turn the game around. In the years that the director worked on the project, Tabata helped release the game as well as produce a wealth of added content for fans.

After his announcement, the former Final Fantasy XV Director sent a message to the people who had supported him over the years.

Resignation Message (to everyone who supported me)I would like to inform all of you on my recent decision to part ways…

Posted by Hajime Tabata on Wednesday, 7 November 2018

For more information on what’s next for Final Fantasy XV, make sure to check-out the Final Fantasy XV Special Program in full.

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