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.