Square Enix Appoints New Head of Final Fantasy XV Studio Luminous Productions

Square Enix's very own Luminous Productions has a new studio head who will lead the team on all of their upcoming projects.

December 3, 2018

Back in early November, Square Enix’s very own Hajime Tabata announced his departure from the company leaving behind the development studio responsible for 2016’s Final Fantasy XV, Luminous Productions. Now, Square has found a new studio head as Final Fantasy XV’s lead programmer Takeshi Aramaki will take the helm of the developer’s upcoming projects.

If you head over to Luminous Productions’ official website, a message from Aramaki-san reads as follows:

I’m Takeshi Aramaki, VP of Development at LUMINOUS PRODUCTIONS. I had the honor of being the lead programmer for FINAL FANTASY XV. In developing FFXV, we meticulously pursued the potential of games, from the open world system to the application of emotion-filled AI. This philosophy is ingrained in our staff and LUMINOUS ENGINE, our proprietary creative toolset, and continues to grow each day. We are currently making steady progress on a brand new title. We cannot wait to show you, and we hope that you look forward to its reveal.

Takeshi Aramaki

As to when we’ll learn more about the team’s next triple-A project — we’ll just have wait and see. Let’s hope we aren’t waiting the same amount of time it took Final Fantasy XV to drop.


Speaking of which, there’s still a pretty hefty amount of content making its way into Final Fantasy XV in the coming months. Before the end of the year, Final Fantasy XV will receive a crossover event with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornOn top of that Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades will be released as a standalone title with even new content.

In 2019, the story of Final Fantasy XV will come to a close as Episode Ardyn launches in March. Now, Luminous Productions can finally put all their focus on other projects.

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Jordan Boyd is a Staff Writer at DualShockers, specializing in indie games, RPGs and shooting titles. He's majoring in journalism at Stony Brook University on Long Island. During the 7th console generation, Jordan faced a crippling blow with the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines that scarred him for life.

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