Hajime Tabata News

Hajime Tabata took over the directorial role on Final Fantasy XV from Tetsuya Nomura, but has also worked on numerous titles such as Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

You can find all his latest ramblings in the news here, with most of them being about Final Fantasy XV thanks to his Active Time Reports.


Final Fantasy XV - 25 days ago

While Nomura wanted FFXV to be a musical, Tabata wanted it to be an online multiplayer game

Final Fantasy XV's long development has been widely discussed, but director Hajime Tabata has now discussed in an interview...

Final Fantasy XV - 25 days ago

Hajime Tabata says future projects are all going to be service-based

Hajime Tabata, the head of Square Enix's Luminous Productions and director of Final Fantasy XV has revealed in an interview...

- 2 months ago

Hajime Tabata makes it clear his studio is focused on creating a brand new IP

Hajime Tabata's Business Division 2 became its own independent studio (wholly owned by Square Enix) called Luminous Productions back in April 2018. The studio is of course the team behind Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0, and ar...


Final Fantasy XV - 8 months ago

Hajime Tabata asked fans if they would like to see a happy ending to Final Fantasy XV

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV has asked fans at a Japanese fan event if they would like to see a happy ending to the game. The game of course features a sad ending but Tabata is clearly interested in making more endings...

Final Fantasy XV - 8 months ago

Final Fantasy XV support to continue into 2019 with four new episodes on the way

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV and head of Business Division 2 has revealed that they will be supporting Final Fantasy XV into 2019. Tabata stated in an interview with 4Gamer.net that following a user survey receiving a ...

Final Fantasy XV - 8 months ago

BD2's priority is to provide a good service for FFXV as long as possible

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV and head of Business Division 2 recently spoke to 4Gamer.net about the team's goals with the game right now. First, Tabata revealed that sales for Final Fantasy XV are now up to "About 7 mi...

Final Fantasy XV - 9 months ago

Final Fantasy XV team looks back at PAX West in a new video

In a new video, various staff who have been working on Final Fantasy XV during its development and post-launch support discussed the game's experiences at past PAX West events. It sees them talking to fans, and talking about the journey so far and what's ahead for the game. Check it out below. ...

Final Fantasy XV - 10 months ago

Tabata teases 'a completely new gameplay experience' for FFXV

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV has teased in an interview with Game Informer "a completely new gameplay experience" for the game. "There's also one other thing - a completely new gameplay experience I want to provide to players of XV as well. I can't tell you what...

Final Fantasy XV - 11 months ago

A new Final Fantasy XV mobile game will release in Mainland China during 2019

It seems there's yet another Final Fantasy XV game on the way. Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata and Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda announced at Family Game Forum in Shanghai, China that they will release a new Final Fantasy XV mobile game in Mainland China during 2019. It seems this is...


Final Fantasy XV - 11 months ago

FFXV staff share messages, upcoming content and updates gameplay

Key staff from Business Division 2 working on Final Fantasy XV have shared messages for the game's first anniversary and to discuss the new content and updates. These include Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV and producer of all DLC along with Takefumi Terada, the director of Final Fantasy...

Final Fantasy XV - 11 months ago

Final Fantasy XV wins at the PlayStation Awards 2017

Final Fantasy XV has won a couple of awards at the PlayStation Awards 2017, the annual event for Japan and Asia. Final Fantasy XV won a Platinum Prize, which is awarded to games that have sold over one million copies. And it also won a User's Choice Award, this award is given...

Final Fantasy XV - 11 months ago

At least 3 more Final Fantasy XV DLC Episodes planned for release in 2018 including Ardyn

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has revealed in the Active Time Report that celebrated the game's first anniversary that they are planning to release at least 3 more DLC story Episodes in 2018. One of these will be Episode Ardyn due to it winning the survey they held earlier this...


Final Fantasy XV - 1 year ago

Tabata says delaying FFXV again wasnt an option, nearly 150 internal staff still working on it

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV and head of Business Division 2 was asked by Eurogamer if he wanted to ask for another delay to Final Fantasy XV's release. Here's what he said. "Honestly, I didn't really think of doing it. The project had been going on for ten...

Final Fantasy XV - 1 year ago

Monster of the Deep could come to Oculus and Vive, its possible to bring FFXV to Switch

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV has revealed a few things in an interview with MCV. First, he talked about the possibility of the PlayStation VR title, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. “We would, of course, consider it if the demand...

Final Fantasy VII Remake - 1 year ago

Hajime Tabata admits he couldn't make Final Fantasy VII Remake

In an interview with GameRevolution, Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII was asked point blank if he'd take over directorial duties on Final Fantasy VII Remake if he was asked to. To his credit, he...


Final Fantasy XV - 1 year ago

Final Fantasy XV development to continue into 2018 to complete the game

Despite recent talk from Hajime Tabata, the head of Business Division 2 and director of Final Fantasy XV about moving onto their new IP in 2018 it has now been revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2017 that development of Final Fantasy XV will continue into 2018 in order to complete...

Final Fantasy XV - 1 year ago

Final Fantasy XV has surpassed over 6.5 million units, Tabata talks players being satisfied

Square Enix announced back in January that Final Fantasy XV had surpassed 6 million units shipped plus digital sales now Hajime Tabata, the director of the game has revealed it has surpassed 6.5 million units. But that's not all, Tabata also spoke about making players "completely satisfied" with the game and...

Final Fantasy XV - 1 year ago

Tabata makes 60fps for FFXV seem unlikely, no plans to remake Crisis Core

PC Gamer has asked Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV about the possibility of the Windows Edition supporting 60 frames per second and his response might let some people down. "Supporting it will be possible, but considering the spec you'd need to get that level—with native 4K, HDR, and...