Hajime Tabata has announced via Final Fantasy XV’s special livestream event that he has departed from Square Enix and Luminous Productions as of October 31. Tabata was the game director for Final Fantasy XV, and was also COO and head of studio at Luminous Productions.
Read Tabata’s full statement below:
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.
Tabata first joined Square Enix back in 1999, first being assigned as event director to work on Monster Rancher 2. He’s known popularly for his directorial work on titles such as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Type-0 and of course, Final Fantasy XV.