Originally, the plan was for four downloadable, extra episodes to be offered, each titled after a different character: Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis. Tabata took the troubled project over partway through development, during the time it was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII and directed by Tetsuya Nomura.
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.
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. While director Hajime Tabata has also left developer Square Enix. That is with the exception of Episode Ardyn, which will still release next year as a final send-off for the game. "The main objective of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market".
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The revelation came during a livestreamed Final Fantasy presentation, which outlined the company's plans for XV's forthcoming DLC packs and the newly standalone nature of XV's multiplayer mode. Did many of you play Final Fantasy XV? This loss was announced in a financial statement alongside an explanation that Luminous would now move to making new AAA games, and it's now clear what it relates to. Square Enix used the stream to release a brief teaser for the expansion and reveal Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue, which is effectively two additional teasers to be released on December 15, 2018, and January 10, 2019.
Polygon said Tabata had "a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV".
Regarding the "extraordinary loss" mentioned above, details of which emerged immediately before the Final Fantasy XV livestream aired, Square Enix explained that this too was due to the sudden change in direction at Luminous Productions.