Meanwhile, it was announced that Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer component Comrades will get standalone editions on Xbox One and PS4, though no specific mention was made of PC. In a statement by Tabata prepared for the live stream, he talks about having a project that he wants to take on as his next challenge, but he needed to leave Square Enix and start his own business in order to do so. As a result, they'll be canceling three of four planned DLCs, meant to come out next year. "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 awesome". Those hopes are now gone.
Despite the cuts to Final Fantasy XV's planned releases, Square Enix isn't turning its back on the game.
Square Enix also noted that Comrades, the multiplayer component of Final Fantasy XV, is getting its own standalone release on December 12 this year. As explained by global brand director Akio Ofuji in the video above, only the Episode Ardyn of the "Dawn of the Future" series will launch, in 2019. The only one that will see the light of day will be Episode Ardyn. Whatever the case, the results for the fans remain the same - most of the promised content is now up in smoke. Meanwhile, the internal game studio Luminous Productions that was originally working on the DLC will focus on AAA titles going forward.
This news was delivered as part of a special Final Fantasy XV presentation that also announced that three of the four upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV are also being cancelled. More info on that is here, but you can see the trailer for Episode Ardyn below.
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