In an unexpected announcement today, Square Enix announced the cancellation of three of the four scheduled Final Fantasy XV episode expansion packages and confirmed that game director Hajime Tabata has left the company. Tabata's last day at Square Enix was October 31st.
The canceled Final Fantasy DLC episodes include Aranea, Lunafreye and Noctis. The fourth, Ardyn, is still in development and is scheduled to launch in March 2019.
The expansion packages were developed by Luminous, the new Square Enix internal studio. But the team will now focus on creating a new AAA game, but it has not been announced yet. In a earnings report, Square Enix announced a major change to Luminous, resulting in an "extraordinary loss" of $ 33 million. Until now, it was not known what the loss was related to, but now it appears that it is linked to the DLC cancellation.
Also during the announcement Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XV Comrades multiplayer will be released as a stand-alone game, meaning you do not need the basic game to play it. There will be another 1
FFXV: Multiplayer Comrades, as it is called, will start December 13th. Those who have already bought the Comrades extension will get the new free-standing edition for free.
Also during the presentation Square Enix announced a new cross-promotion with Fina Fantasy XIV Online. An event called "Adventure from another world" will be available in Final Fantasy XV on PS4, Xbox One and PC from December 12th.
Another advertised as a short-lived anime called Final Fantasy XV Episode Prologue is on its way. A teaser will be released December 15th, with another coming January 10th.