After supporting Final Fantasy XV with both free and paid content since its release in 2016, Square Enix will close the lid on major content additions next year.
Speaking to Eurogamer, director Hajime Tabata said the team has been hard at work to make Final Fantasy XV feature-complete with a “proper conclusion,” and this goal will be realized in 2018. “We’ve got a plan up until the end of this year, but looking at that probably wouldn’t satisfy the fans out there,” said Tabata. “They want more. So I’d like to continue making stuff for the game into next year, and consider what the best way to finish it is and have that big climax next year. So next year, we’ll call the end of the journey!”
At present, known content additions coming to Final Fantasy XV include the two paid expansions coming this year: ‘Episode Ignis’ and ‘Comrades’. Tabata is also eyeing to flesh out main antagonist Ardynn Izunia’s story, but will likely use different avenues outside of a standalone DLC episode.
Tabata also acknowledged complaints that most of these post-release content should have been included at launch, stating that “it’s a fair opinion” but not possible due to time constraints. Regardless, these experiences have allowed the Final Fantasy XV team to grow and better handle its next project. “We understand a lot more about the preparations and scheduling required to make things on this scale now, and there’s the feeling that we’re able to do so many more things. We want to take full advantage of that in the next project.” As most of the team is still working on Final Fantasy XV, the new IP has yet to enter pre-production, with only 20 to 30 people working on the title, Tabata confirmed.
Final Fantasy XV launched for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 29, 2016 while a PC version is scheduled for early 2018.