Tetsuya Nomura Steps Down from Final Fantasy XV to Focus on Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix has confirmed that Tetsuya Nomura will no longer be directing Final Fantasy XV, and has instead been moved onto other high-profile projects like Kingdom Hearts III. Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, will take over as director of the next-numbered Final Fantasy game.

“Currently, Tabata and the entire development team are working, wholeheartedly, towards completing the production of Final Fantasy XV and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date,” said Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

“Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the [Final Fantasy XV] story and universe in addition to creating the character,” Matsuda continued. “Hereafter, he will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support.”

Final Fantasy XV, originally announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, is still a ways off from release. Hopefully the game’s development continues to go smoothly. A brand new trailer was just released for Final Fantasy XV so make sure to check that out.