Final Fantasy XV 'Episode Ardyn' DLC Gets Short Prequel Anime

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The news on the DLC front is surprising: three of the four announced DLC packs scheduled for release in 2019 have been canceled.

Despite the cuts to Final Fantasy XV's planned releases, Square Enix isn't turning its back on the game.

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Bottom line: Amid significant losses and the resignation of Luminous Productions studio head Hajime Tabata, the fate of Final Fantasy XV is all but sealed.

Final Fantasy XV producer Yuji Shinoda and Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada announced in a "special program" on Thursday that Square Enix is producing an anime short based on the "Episode Ardyn" DLC, titled "Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue". More info on that is here, but you can see the trailer for Episode Ardyn below. Episode Ardyn, which will flesh out the game's world 30 years prior to Final Fantasy XV's story, will still make it to gamers' systems, with a planned release set for March of 2019.

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Some really bad news have dropped into the laps of Final Fantasy XV fans. What's next in store for Final Fantasy XV, we'll have to wait and see. The game's director Hajime Tabata has resigned at the same time as this announcement, both from Square Enix and Luminous Collective. Squeenix expand elsewhere that they "decided to focus [Luminous's] development efforts on large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages [their] strengths". "I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV. For that reason, I have made a decision to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal", he explained.

Final Fantasy 15 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The new standalone version will include new bosses and other extras, like costumes and weapons, upon its release next month.

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