Square Enix also confirmed during the livestream that the team at Luminous Productions - which has been responsible for supporting Final Fantasy 15 throughout the years - is now working on a new project, and it seems likely that it'll focus its full efforts on whatever that game is once Ardyn's DLC releases in March 2019. Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Comrades will be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 12th December in North America and then 13th December in Europe and Japan.
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. On top of that, Final Fantasy XV director, Hajime Tabata, has resigned.
Square Enix announced the news in a livestream on Thursday, November 8, noting that while Episode Ardyn will still release in March 2019, the Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis content episodes are now out of the picture.
Episode Ardyn producer Yuji Shinoda did add that while the other three episodes of the second season won't come as DLC, "we still hope to deliver something that showcases what type of story we were aiming to deliver in some way, shape, or form".
Luminous was established back in March with the aim of developing blockbuster titles alongside "innovative games and entertainment", but has since refocused its efforts exclusively on triple-A development. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is.
It's an unexpected turn of events made all the more surprising by the fact Tabata was only recently tasked with leading Square Enix's new Japanese studio, Luminous Productions.
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.
At this point, it's unknown if these financial problems contributed to Tabata leaving Square Enix, but the timing is certainly coincidental. "I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV".