Tetsuya Nomura Steps Down as Director of Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has announced today that Tetsuya Nomura will no longer be serving as the director of Final Fantasy XV. Nomura, who has been on the project since the beginning, has stepped down to focus more on Kingdom Hearts III. In his place, Hajime Tabata (Final Fantasy Type-0, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII) will now be the director of the project.

In a press released by Square Enix, CEO Yosuke Matsuda said:

“Hereafter, [Nomura] 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.”

Following the earlier release of a trailer and the announcement of a demo in 2015, it would seem that Final Fantasy XV is no longer going to be stuck in development limbo.