The long-awaited, much-anticipated Final Fantasy XV has a new director.
Developer Square Enix announced via press release Wednesday that Final Fantasy Type-O HD (coming March 17) director Hajime Tabata will take over the same position on Final Fantasy XV. The 15th standalone edition of the long-running RPG series was first revealed in 2006 as Final Fantasy XIII Versus, originally headed by Tetsuya Nomura.
“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.”
According to the press release, Tabata’s takeover of one of gaming’s most historic franchises allows Nomura more time to focus on Square’s other mega-project, Kingdom Hearts 3.
“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.”
The demo for Final Fantasy XV will reportedly hit your PS4 and Xbox One consoles this March.