Final Fantasy XV Director Leaves Project, Focusing on Kingdom Hearts III
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Posted 9/18/14
Final Fantasy XV Director Leaves Project, Focusing on Kingdom Hearts III

Tetsuya Nomura has left the Final Fantasy XV project, on which he was serving as Director. Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Director Hajime Tabata will step up from Co-Director to FFXV's main Director.

Nomura, notable for his iconic Final Fantasy character designs and leading the Kingdom Hearts series since the original game's release in 2002, will now "focus his full efforts as the director of other highly anticipated titles," Square Enix said, "including Kingdom Hearts III." It did not specify which other games Nomura is working on.

These changes come as part of a "development restructure" within Square Enix. "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,” said Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

"Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the [Final Fantasy XV] story and universe in addition to creating the character," Matsuda said. 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 demo for Final Fantasy XV -- called Episode Duscae -- will be included in launch copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 when it launches in early 2015.
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Posted 9/19/14
Saw the trailer and got hyped again, i wonder why Hajime Tabata wasn't the director from the start, XV is going to be action RPG which is basically what Tabata had been making. Type 0 and Crisis Core are all pretty actiony, Type 0 even more so.
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Posted 9/20/14
Awesome! Final Fantasy XV is left in good hands and Nomura can completely focus on Kingdom Hearts iii!
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Posted 9/22/14
I'm really glad Tabata is now leading this project. I really enjoyed Crisis Core, but some people have their reservations because of his work on The 3rd Birthday. I've never played it though so I can't criticize.

I'm excited for it.
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Posted 9/22/14
http://gematsu.com/2014/09/final-fantasy-xv-director-talks-development-open-world-combat-demo - interview with the man himself here. Seems seriously promising, this game.
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Posted 9/22/14
Was happy with what man said even through many old feature that were annouced years ago got taken out like party switching, then he mentioned Type-1. HYPE OVERLOAD.
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Posted 9/28/14
I was never a fan of the FF titles under Nomura's direction. While I'm still not too hyped for XV, I'm glad that he's gone back to his own creation.
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