In regards to the departure of Final Fantasy 15 direct Hajime Tabata, he's left Square Enix to begin his own business and pursue his next big project. The rest of the DLC has been scrapped. "As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, 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 wonderful", Tabata added.
In addition, the program announced that it will release a standalone game version of the Final Fantasy XV "Comrades" DLC as Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades on December 13 (December 12 in North America), with sales of the original "Comrade" DLC to stop on the same date. Meanwhile, the internal game studio Luminous Productions that was originally working on the DLC will focus on AAA titles going forward. This was supposed to be a celebration of the game's approaching second anniversary, and then the news hit.
Tabata hasn't announced what he will be doing next but Luminous Productions will continue to exist under Square Enix. He continued, "I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV".
The first of Final Fantasy XV's four planned DLCs will still see release in early 2019. "For that reason, I have made a decision to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.
Finally, fans will be happy to hear that Final Fantasy XV will be getting a new cross-promotion event with Final Fantasy XIV Online dubbed "Adventurer From Another World". All except Episode Ardyn have been cancelled, with Ardyn still planned for its March 2019 release. The standalone version is playable without the main game, and will have new bosses, costumes, and weapons.