The Final Fantasy XV development team had been planning to release four new DLCs, together titled “The Dawn of the Future,” in spring 2019. This refers to Episode Ardyn, Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya, and Episode Noctis. That said, the company has made an important directional change, and the decision has been made to re-examine these projects, concluding that production will be cancelled for Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya, and Episode Noctis, three out of the four DLCs planned. We are still developing Episode Ardyn, which continues to aim for a March 2019 release. I believe many fans have been eager to play these episodes, and the entire development team is regretful that we are unable to meet everyone’s expectations.
Allow me to provide additional insight into what we mean by a directional change for the company. A new company called Luminous Productions was formed, centered around the staff who had previously been developing the main game as part of Business Division 2, and the have continued to work on the project since. The main purpose of establishing Luminous Productions was to create a studio that can deliver a completely new AAA title to the global market. And due to this directional change, the company has decided to focus our resources on the development of this AAA title. This resulted in the decision to cancel the production of three out of the four DLCs originally planned and introduced.
Although this is extremely regretful, we hope everyone will continue to look forward to Episode Ardyn, which is still being developed in earnest. As for the new title currently in the works at Luminous Productions, we wish everyone will hold high hopes for our upcoming title as well.
Final Fantasy XV Marks Second Anniversary With New Content and an Important Update
Square Enix celebrates the official two-year anniversary of the award-winning Final Fantasy XV with new content and a first look at the forthcoming DLC – Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn. Players can look forward to a special collaboration event with Final Fantasy XIV Online and a new standalone edition of Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades.
Slated for release in March 2019, Episode Ardyn offers players the opportunity to step into the role of Final Fantasy XV’s main antagonist. Set before the events of Final Fantasy XV, players will learn more about Ardyn’s backstory in a story of death and restoration. The release will be accompanied by a special anime episode titled, Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn – Prologue.
Next month, a special Final Fantasy XIV Online collaboration event will take place beginning on December 12 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Available to all Final Fantasy XV players as a free update, the event introduces a new in-game quest titled “Adventurer from Another World.” In this quest, Noctis embarks on a journey with the mysterious Miqo’te, Y’jhimei to Perpetouss Keep, which concludes with a fierce battle against the primal Garuda from Final Fantasy XIV Online. Players who complete the quest will receive special Final Fantasy XIV-themed costumes as a reward.
A standalone edition of Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system will release on December 12 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Players can participate in various hunt, guard and convoy quests in co-op gameplay with up to four other players. The new update will bring 10 additional powerful bosses for players to face off against.
Current owners of Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: comrades who wish to continue playing on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 system can download the standalone edition for free when it launches on December 12 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. PC players will be able to download ongoing updates for the Comrades expansion.
Finally, the previously announced DLC episodes featuring the characters Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis, will no longer be produced. The Final Fantasy XV journey will conclude next year with the release of Episode Ardyn. The Final Fantasy XV development team wish to thank all players who have taken this journey with them and will celebrate the experience with fans to the end.