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Final Fantasy 15 gets new director

Tetsuya Nomura is officially off the tumultuous Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) project. Hajime Tabata (Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII) will now take over, as Nomura shifts his focus to Kingdom Hearts III.

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It's no secret that Final Fantasy XV hasn't exactly been on the fast track towards a final release. It was once Versus XIII and now it is XV. With development at a momentary standstill, Square Enix has made the decision to issue a change in project leadership. Former director Tetsuya Nomura will no longer be heading the project and the duties will now be passed to Hajime Tabata, whose director credits include Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

The announcement comes from a press release issued earlier tonight (via Game Informer), with Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda noting that Nomura would now shift his focus to another major Square Enix title: Kingdom Hearts III.

The announcement comes in the wake of a rumored Final Fantasy XV demo set to come soon. This news was also initially reported by Game Informer, though the article was mysteriously pulled late last night. Final Fantasy XV is expected to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One... eventually.

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    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Final Fantasy 15 gets new director.

    Tetsuya Nomura is officially off the tumultuous Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) project. Hajime Tabata (Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII) will now take over, as Nomura shifts his focus to Kingdom Hearts III.

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      September 17, 2014 6:27 PM

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        September 17, 2014 8:01 PM

        You mean Kingdom Hearts 3 (formally Final Fantasy XV)?

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      September 17, 2014 6:35 PM

      I can't believe they've stalled out again on FF XV. This might be the studio with the worst development leadership in the industry.

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      September 17, 2014 8:04 PM

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        September 17, 2014 8:35 PM

        You realized they were all flashy/trashy anime style to make up for their complete lack of any real substance.

        Tetsuya Nomura is a washed-up has been and should get shoved of to a corner desk in the basement. He was just a character designer, buckles/belts/zippers for everyone!, and should have never been put into any leadership role.

        Square really needs some new blood or at least promote the people with actual talent like the guy who fixed up FF14.

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          September 17, 2014 8:41 PM

          He should have just stayed on KH and KH alone....

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        September 17, 2014 8:41 PM

        to be fair 1 2 3 5 8 are hardly must-plays.....they did hit homeruns with 4 6 7 9 and 10 though...like game of the year material for each one

        10 was 2001...the day that square died

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        September 17, 2014 8:41 PM

        I highly enjoyed 12.

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          September 17, 2014 8:45 PM

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            September 17, 2014 9:04 PM

            thats probably because it was made by the tactics team!

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              September 18, 2014 10:53 AM

              THATS THE AWESOME PART!!!!! I love FFT and the world they created! The Ivalice Alliance needs to be revived with a proper FFT sequel/prequel with hand drawn sprites, beautifully rendered battlegrounds, great music, and amazing story, and great gameplay!!!

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          September 17, 2014 9:10 PM

          It was great, but suffered from a shoehorned-in main character duo. The plot seemed to me to be written around Balthier, the sky pirate dude. The 'main' characters could have been completely cut from the game and it wouldn't have looked much different, other than being better for not having a whiny androgynous kid on screen all the time.

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            September 17, 2014 9:50 PM

            seems like i read somewhere that Balthier was actually the main character.. but they wanted to add whiney dude cuz.. ya fuck it all.

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        September 17, 2014 9:52 PM

        ya really.. finally gave 13-2 a shot about a month back.. still at last boss, really not caring too much for finishing it. Grabed Lightning Returns as well (both were on sale) 31-2 so meh, i literally got depressed while playing the game and dont want to continue.

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          September 18, 2014 11:03 AM

          I actually had a lot of fun with FF13's battle system, but I didn't care for the changes in 2 and especially the feeling of being forced via a time limit in Returns.

          But FF13 was the first FF game I actually completed. I'm not a fan of turnbased combat, and the changes that everyone else hated, I liked a lot.

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