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Old 11-08-2018, 01:33 AM   #1
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Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix and Luminous Productions

He took the blame of that extraordinary loss.



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Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix and Luminous Productions

Final Fantasy XV director off to pursue a new project.




Final Fantasy XV director and Luminous Productions COO and head of studio Hajime Tabata has announced that he has left Square Enix and Luminous Productions as of October 31.

Here is the full departure message from Tabata:
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

https://gematsu.com/2018/11/hajime-t...us-productions
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:47 PM   #2
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What loss though? I am pretty sure FFXV broke even and probably made a profit.

He did well in a way. But he also delivered a POS game. It looked good, and it was open world, so it sold. But well... i can sympathize with the difficult task he was handed.

With that said, i think he just had enough of that and went to make his own company. It may be that the higher ups saw how the game was received and also thought it was a terrible idea to keep throwing resources at it.

But i must admit i was not a fan of his work. Both Type 0 and XV were dreadful to me.
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