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Tabata Takes Over Final Fantasy XV; Tetsuya Nomura Moves On To Kingdom Hearts III



    Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata has been co-directing Final Fantasy XV alongside Tetsuya Nomura. Today, Square Enix announced that Tabata has taken over directing the game entirely, as it “moves towards completion”.


    The move, Square say, will allow Nomura to focus on the development of Kingdom Hearts III, which he is also directing, alongside “other highly anticipated titles”.


    “In reviewing our development structure, we have decided to assign Hajime Tabata as the new director for Final Fantasy XV,” said Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda.


    “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.”


    Matsuda added, “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 release date for Final Fantasy XV has not yet been announced. Square Enix released a new trailer for the game today, which you can view above.

    Ishaan Sahdev
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