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Final Fantasy XV director Tabata sets up new Square Enix studio Luminous Productions

Final Fantasy XV director Tabata sets up new Square Enix studio Luminous Productions

The man who headed up development on Final Fantasy XV has been trusted with a brand new studio set up by Square Enix called Luminous Productions.

The firm has set up this venture to - and we're parsing some Big Words for Business People here - explore how new technology and ideas can be used in triple-A video games.

There's also reference to this new studio 'breaking free of existing boundaries and conventions of the gaming industry', as well as projects coming to other mediums.

The studio is going to be headed up by COO and head of studio Hajima Tabata, who was previously leading development on Final Fantasy XV. That title launched after a decade in the works in November 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, before releasing on PC earlier this year.

There's a website - with a whole load of jobs listings - which has some marketing spiel that might paint a picture of what we can expect from the outfit.

"Imagination has no limits. Boundaries can be pushed. An obsessive drive to turn ideas into reality," read one.

"The future of imagination begins here."


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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