In the long wait for Final Fantasy XV's release, some news emerged today regarding its status. One big announcement was that Tetsuya Nomura, the game's original director, will no longer directing production on the title. Instead, its co-director, Hajime Tabata (director of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0) will take over the reins of that position.
As for Nomura, Square-Enix mentioned that he will focus his efforts on other titles now, including Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda commented that Tabata and the rest of the Final Fantasy XV development team are working towards completion on the game's production and ensuring the "highest quality Final Fantasy title to date."
Though IGN notes that Nomura's new focus is part of a development restructure within Square Enix, one has to wonder if management was unsatisfied with the slower nature of the progress on Final Fantasy XV over the years (it was originally announced in May 2006 under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII before being publicly changed to its current title a few years back). One thing for certain is that his increased focus on Kingdom Hearts 3 can only be a good thing for fans having previously helmed the first two games and with the series effectively being his brainchild.
In the meantime, a new trailer was released for Final Fantasy XV at TGS 2014 showcasing some impressive visuals.
What are your thoughts on Nomura leaving FFXV's production, and what did you think of the new FFXV trailer?