Final Fantasy XV The Dawn of the Future DLC Episodes Cancelled, Tabata leaves Square

In a surprising turn of events, 3 of the 4 episodes of Final Fantasy XV’s second Season Pass – The Dawn of the Future – have been cancelled.

These episodes were originally confirmed in April and were revealed to be focused on Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis, set to appear in 2019.

Unfortunately, the content based on Aranea, Lunafreya – entitled The Choice of Freedom – and Noctis – The Final Strike – have been completely scrapped.

It does still appear, however, that the Ardyn DLC – provisionally entitled The Conflict of the Sage – will still release in March 2019.

Luminous, the studio working on the DLC, will now turn their attention to an unannounced AAA game, and Square Enix has posted a loss amounting to $33 million, speculated to be linked to the DLC cancellation.

To make matters worse, Final Fantasy XV Game Director, Hajime Tabata, has now left the company, his final day announced to be on October 31. Tabata will now look to start his own company to work on a project he has always wanted to create.

“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,”

It appears there are no hard feelings, though as Tabata states

“From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans. I would like to thank everyone who continues to support FFXV and those who have also supported myself personally,”

One thing we do know, is that the multiplayer component of Final Fantasy XV – Comrades – will now be released as a standalone game, meaning you won’t need Final Fantasy XV to play it. They will also add 10 new bosses, as well as additional costumes and weapons.

Don’t worry, though, those who already own Comrades as part of Final Fantasy XV will get this standalone edition at no additional charge.


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