Tetsuya Nomura Is No Longer Directing Final Fantasy XV

Tetsuya Nomura Is No Longer Directing Final Fantasy XV

Today, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XV has a new director. Originally announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the game was rebranded as Final Fantasy XV last year. The game is being directed by Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

"This move allows Tetsuya Nomura to focus his full efforts as the director of other highly anticipated titles, including Kingdom Hearts III," Square Enix said in an official statement.

Continuing, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said:

In reviewing our development structure, we have decided to assign Hajime Tabata as the new director for Final Fantasy XV. Currently, Tabata and the entire development team are working, whole-heartedly, towards completing the production of Final Fantasy XV and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date. We invite every one of our fans to view the fruits of our labour through Final Fantasy XV's demo, and promise to present a game that further surpasses expectations when the finished product is released.

As the director of Final Fantasy XV, Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the story and universe in addition to creating the characters. Hereafter, he will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support.

A demo download voucher for Final Fantasy XV will be included with the Final Fantasy Type-0 release for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. The demo is titled Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae and, according to Square Enix, "the demo includes elements from the opening sections of the full game, but alters story progression and more to create a unique first-play experience."

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released in March.



    Check out the trailer that was just released (FF-XV TGS 2014)! I'm so glad that they kept this under-wraps in the lineup.

    Last edited 18/09/14 11:49 am

      Oh my god, I can't stand it. It's too boy bandish! The car just - ugh. *holds head in hands*

        Can't say I share your view :P

          And I understand, haha. The gameplay looks fantastic but I'm not too fond of how it reminds me of a boy band. Ya know? I mean you can at least see where I'm coming from right?? :P Part of me thinks I'm somehow weird since no one shares my view.

    So given Tabata's CV, FFXV will now be a portable title?

      Considering how far in development they are, no ^.^

    I'm looking forward to Type-0 and possibly even XV now.
    Still, they should bring back Hiroyuki Ito!

      Last job on the CV: co-directing All the Bravest. I think it'll be a while before he's given a big project again.

        There are actually two Hiroyuki Itos, it was the other guy who directed FF ATB.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroyuki_Ito#Works (scroll down a bit)

    Oh no, no more belts and zippers???

      They're going to use their belt and zipper budget from FFXV for KH3.

    Reads like "After Nomura-san employed the last few weeks in making sure that the physics of one particular hair spike of certain character had exactly the amount of bounce he desired, we realised that we needed another director if we wanted to release the game in our lifetimes."

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