Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata has started his own studio, which he calls JP Games. The news comes a month after Square Enix confirmed Tabata was no longer at the company and axed the remaining planned Final Fantasy XV DLC.
In his announcement, Tabata claimed that the studio was aiming for a full launch in January 2019.
I started up my own company called “JP GAMES,Inc.”
Right now, we are preparing for a target January 2019 launch.
And to everyone who has assisted me until today–I kindly ask for your ongoing support.
Gladly. During his time with Final Fantasy XV, Tabata is credited with salvaging the decade-long development cycle and turning the final product into a beloved yet beautifully awkward entry in the legendary series. Tabata also is credited with making other smaller productions at Square Enix, namely Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Type-0, and Parasite Eve’s indirect sequel, The 3rd Birthday.
More importantly, he is credited with somewhat modernizing development at Square Enix, which underwent a huge overhaul under his watch. Final Fantasy XV’s development cycle released demos and took into account fan feedback, used guerrilla marketing tactics when addressing audiences, and frequently updated progress through dev blogs, all of which were new to the company at the time.
Hopefully, Tabata takes his knowledge of the modern gaming with him into his new studio and makes something great, like Terra Battle.