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Final Fantasy XV DLC plans canceled amid Hajime Tabata's departure

As part of Final Fantasy XV's two-year anniversary celebration, Square Enix announced that it is getting a special crossover with Final Fantasy XIV that will bring a side quest featuring a Miqo'te, Garuda, and more.

Originally, the plan was for four downloadable, extra episodes to be offered, each titled after a different character: Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis.

During the stream, Square Enix explained that due to a "directional change" within the company, resources from the DLCs were being reassigned to working on a new AAA title.

The reason behind the move seems most likely to be related to Square Enix's poor earnings report, which saw it publishing a loss of a massive $33 million.

The one episode that survived the cut revolves around enigmatic villain Ardyn and will release as planned in March 2019.

The new DLCs were being developed by Luminous Productions, game director Tabata's new studio within the company. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is.

The revelation came during a livestreamed Final Fantasy presentation, which outlined the company's plans for XV's forthcoming DLC packs and the newly standalone nature of XV's multiplayer mode.

It's not clear what this news means for other Final Fantasy related projects, like the remake of Final Fantasy VII, which is one of Square's most long-requested remasterings.

On December 13, the season pass for the console version of Final Fantasy XV is getting a price drop, it'll cost $14.99 Dollars.

"In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV".

"From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans".

At this point, it's unknown if these financial problems contributed to Tabata leaving Square Enix, but the timing is certainly coincidental. "For that reason, I have made a decision to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.

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