The DLC story episode starring antagonist Ardyn is still coming, as are more of the multiplayer Comrades and some FFXIV crossover gubbins, but the DLCs focused on Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis are in the bin.
The announcement comes on the heels of game director Hajima Tabata's departure from Square Enix.
Bottom line: Amid significant losses and the resignation of Luminous Productions studio head Hajime Tabata, the fate of Final Fantasy XV is all but sealed. It's not clear what came first in this case, the chicken or the egg, but whatever he left first, or the DLC was cancelled causing him to quit, Final Fantasy XV's development is no longer ongoing in the fashion it was before.
Final Fantasy XV producer Yuji Shinoda and Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada announced in a "special program" on Thursday that Square Enix is producing an anime short based on the "Episode Ardyn" DLC, titled "Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue".
"Episode Ardyn" will release in March 2019, presumably the last major update for Final Fantasy XV.
So, for fans of Final Fantasy 15, this is likely disappointing news, but the silver lining is that some of the game's planned DLC is surviving this purge.
"In regards to my next endeavours and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV", Tabata's statement read.
The company also announced a standalone version of the Comrades multiplayer game would be made available, while a collaboration with online game Final Fantasy XIV - called "Adventurer from Another World" was also slated to occur. "For that reason, I have chose to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal". The standalone version is playable without the main game, and will have new bosses, costumes, and weapons.
On December 13, the season pass for the console version of Final Fantasy XV is getting a price drop, it'll cost $14.99 United States dollars.