First things first, the Final Fantasy XV DLC episodes Aranea, Lunafreye, and Noctis have all been cancelled barring Ardyn, which is still going ahead as scheduled and will be launching in March 2019.
This resulted in the decision to cancel the production of three out of the four DLCs originally planned and introduced.
Naturally, this is a big blow for the development of DLC, and the departure of Tabata has forced Square Enix to make some drastic changes to their plans.
The Final Fantasy XV stream continued with additional announcements to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the game, including Final Fantasy XV: Comrades being released as a standalone game that does not require the main game to play, coming December 12, 2018. That is with the exception of Episode Ardyn, which will still release next year as a final send-off for the game. However, no further details were divulged on what this new title is.
As for a possible Final Fantasy XV collaboration for Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki Yoshida made a brief appearance to talk about the crossover, but said he couldn't say much more other than "we'll see".
On December 13, the season pass for the console version of Final Fantasy XV is getting a price drop, it'll cost $14.99 United States dollars. This loss was announced in a financial statement alongside an explanation that Luminous would now move to making new AAA games, and it's now clear what it relates to.
"In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV".
According to Square Enix, director Hajime Tabata is also no longer working with the company as of the end of October. "For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.
"From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all you fans".