Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata Resigns from Square Enix
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Akio Ofuji, the global brand director for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game, announced in a "special program" on Thursday that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has resigned from both Square Enix and its subsidiary studio Luminous Productions on October 31.
Tabata wrote in a letter that he is working on a new project and has started his own business to work on it.
Final Fantasy XV went on sale worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016. The game received a Royal Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One on March 6. The new release includes the previously released Season Pass DLC, as well as other features. The Windows Edition also launched on the same day. The game's Pocket Edition for iOS and Android launched on February 9, and also received HD releases for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in September.
The game's combined amount of digital sales and physical shipments reached 8.1 million copies worldwide as of September.
Tabata headed Luminous Productions, Square Enix's new subsidiary. The subsidiary is staffed by many members of the development team for Final Fantasy XV. Square Enix founded the subsidiary in March, but recently reported an extraordinary loss for the company amounting to 3.733 billion yen (about US$33 million) for the six-month period ending on September 30, 2018.