Development on Final Fantasy 15 will continue throughout 2018, Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata has confirmed.
Speaking during the latest Active Time Report at the Tokyo Game Show 2017, Tabata-san confirmed that production will continue on the acclaimed action-RPG as fans crave additional content to enrich the experience.
As such, plans for Episode Ignis to be the final slice of downloadable content have now been scrapped, with new content planned for release over the coming year.
Square Enix plans to enhance elements of the game’s story that were previously not touched on before, and aims to conclude the narrative as a whole.
Said Tabata: “Not only are we further investigating characters through additional episodes, if we don’t convey the setting that is the foundation of the world, we won’t be able to convey the characters’ way of life.”
Final Fantasy 15 was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016 following an arduous development cycle. A PC version of the game is planned for early 2018, and there’s even talk of a NIntendo Switch port.
In terms of new content, Final Fantasy 15 will be receiving the multiplayer-centric Comrades expansion this fall, and will also introduce the spin-off fishing mini-game, Monster of the Deep later this year.
Final Fantasy 15 has now sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide following its launch last winter. Prior to launch, the game was seen as the series’ last chance by Square Enix, although its commercial success has fortunately secured the franchise’s future, at least for the time being.
The project originally started out life back in 2006 as the PS3-exclusive Final Fantasy Versus 13, which formed part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series that focused on the narrative of Final Fantasy 13.
Square Enix later decided to revamp the the title and rename it, although at the time Versus 13 was only around 25 percent complete.