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Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix & Luminous Productions

Director of Final Fantasy XV and head of Luminous Productions, Hajime Tabata has departed both companies as of October 31st.

During a recent Final Fantasy XV special live stream, Square Enix dropped several bombs on its unsuspecting audience. The first was announcing that Hajime Tabata (the well-known director of Final Fantasy XV) will be leaving both Square Enix and Luminous Productions, of which he was COO and head.

Coupled with this bombshell was another: canceling three of the four Final Fantasy XV DLC episodes.

Tabata’s full departure message from the live stream can be read below:

Hello, this is Tabata.

It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.

I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every title I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.

Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV to all the fans who have supported the title across the globe.

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. 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.

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

I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.

—Hajime Tabata

Tabata leaving the company coincides with Square Enix recently reporting a $33 million extraordinary loss due to the company’s subsidiary Luminous Productions shifting focus to the production of AAA titles.

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