'Final Fantasy XV' DLC episodes canceled, game director resigns
UPI News Service, 11/08/2018
Publisher Square Enix has announced that a number of planned expansion packs for Final Fantasy XV have been canceled.
The news was delivered Wednesday during a Square Enix hosted livestream event where Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata also announced his resignation from the company and from developer studio Luminous Productions.
The planned DLC for Final Fantasy XV included Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya, and Episode Noctis. A fourth expansion, Episode Ardyn, is still set for release in March 2019.
The episode packs are named after various characters from the game. A new trailer for Episode Ardyn was released during the livestream, featuring the origins of the titular character. The expansion takes place 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV.
"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, Tabata said during the livestream.
"For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal. As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next-generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing," he continued.
Square Enix also announced that Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer mode Comrades, would be released as a standalone game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Dec. 12. Final Fantasy XV will additionally be hosting a crossover event with Final Fantasy XIV titled Adventurer from Another World, also on Dec. 12.
Final Fantasy XV was originally released in November 2016. The title has received multiple updates and DLC expansion packs ever since.
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