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Most of Final Fantasy XV’s Remaining DLC Cancelled by Square Enix

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Despite having an extremely profitable 2017, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts developers Square Enix are yet again facing significant financial losses.

Square Enix is no stranger to facing significant monetary issues, reports dating back to 2013 reveal a back and forth for the company’s financial stability with some concern growing for future projects such as the Final Fantasy VII remake. The news of the company’s loss of 33 million dollars follows the departure of director Hajime Tabata.

The sudden exit from Tabata comes as a shock as the former director had recently taken over the Square Enix studio, Luminous. Tabata’s resignation was announced on November 7, 2018, during a livestream event hosted by Square Enix.

“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, ” said Tabata.

With the absence of Tabata, the planned additional story DLC for Final Fantasy XV has also been cancelled. Players would have seen a similar situation to the previously released Prompto, Gladio, and Ignis content only this time gamers would be able to take control of fan favourites Aranea and Lunafreye.

Noctis was also set to receive another story mission as was Ardyn, with the latter still remaining a possibility as it remains in development and is currently set for a March 2019 release.

The future of Square Enix remains a mystery but with the release of the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III just around the corner, along with its upcoming Avengers title, the company is sure to see another financial boost.

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Judgment Producer: Friendship System Makes Yagami “A Much More Deeper Character”

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Judgment producer Kazuki Hosokawa has discussed new introduction of the friendship system and its effect on creating Yagami’s deeper character.

Judgment shares a lot with the Yakuza series, and, as it turns out, both games were in development at the same time. Players will go back to the streets of Kamurocho, but this time as a dynamic detective named Takayuki Yagami in a new courtroom-thriller narrative. Players will have to subtly follow suspects and search crime scenes for evidence. Judgment will suit Yakuza fans, but casual players should not miss it.

In an interview with Twinfinite, Hosokawa shares more details about the introduction of the friendship system, and the effect on Yagami’s personality.

When asked about why he chose to develop the friendship system, Hosokawa explained the main reason is to reinforce Yagami’s character.

The friendship event actually developed when we were thinking about how to solidify the character of Yagami… Interacting with the townspeople that are also living in Kamurocho gives Yagami a much more deeper character.”

Hosokawa is significantly trying to focus on depth of character for Yagami. His aim appears to be to create a fully dimensional protagonist who draws players into the story. Therefore, using aspects like a home neighbourhood and friendship events help to create simple everyday examples of relationship and character building.

Whilst Hosokawa is predominantly used to making games for PlayStation, he indicated that Rya Ga Gotoku Studio is considering making internal preparations enabling easier switching to the PlayStation 5 for future developments.

“We are definitely thinking as a studio and considering the changes in the platforms… we want to utilize these new specifications whenever we are developing anything new.”

However Hosokawa also did not rule out the possibility of cross-platforming Judgment by porting the title to other platforms.

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