Tetsuya Nomura no longer directing Final Fantasy XV
Xin    2014-09-18, 01:52 am.

Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda has released a statement regarding Final Fantasy XV, most notably stating that Tetsuya Nomura is no longer director of the long overdue title. He has been replaced by Hajime Tabata, director of Crisis Core & Before Crisis in the FFVII Compilation and FF:Type-0.

The statement, in full:

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 labor 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.

Nomura will continue to work (and seemingly be fully focused) on the completion of Kingdom Hearts III.

Brendan    2014-09-18, 02:08 am

Am I alone in viewing this as good news? The guy couldn't get the game done in almost 8 years.

Xin    2014-09-18, 02:13 am

I think it's great news. And Tabata has a great track record, so I don't think we'll get an FFXII type of situation where director's changed and the end is just...nothing!

Brendan    2014-09-18, 02:21 am

Yeah, but at this stage a finished product would at least be a finished product. And Tabata nailed the CC ending, in my opinion, so he's got that going for him at least.

Xin    2014-09-18, 03:21 am

Yeah, agree on both points. Still think this is late 2015 JP/early 2016 US/EU.

Brendan    2014-09-18, 17:43 pm

You don't think they're going to sneak in with a late 2015 launch in all territories? They blindsided us with a gameplay packed trailer after all. /hopeful

Xin    2014-09-18, 20:28 pm

No. We've seen pretty much no localized media yet, which indicates a very JP first development mentality.

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