Former Square Enix game director Hajime Tabata has announced the launch of his own company named JP Games Inc. Tabata and his team are currently preparing for January 2019 start but they're yet to share any details on possible projects.
His Square Enix departure won't stop Hajime Tabata from making games as he reveals the next step in his career called JP Games Inc. Final Fantasy XV game director said that everything is being prepared for the launch of his new company, which will officially start in January 2019.
Tabata didn't share any further details about his plans for JP Games. We are yet to find out what kind of games he will focus on but given his experience with action RPGs, we assume Tabata will stick to the beaten track, at least in the company's maiden projects.
After his resignation from Square Enix, Tabata said he's looking forward to new challenges, which meant he had to start his own company. "I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal," Tabata explained his decision.
The announcement follows his departure from Square Enix and Luminous Studios after the company suffered some heavy losses. This brought about the of three Final Fantasy XV DLCs, including episodes Lunafreya, Aranea and Noctis.
Speaking about Tabata's ex-companies, Square Enix appointed Takesi Aramaki as the new head of Luminous Studios. Aramaki was the lead programmer on Final Fantasy XV and handled developmentof the PC version. The studio will now focus on big AAA titles as Square Enix announced after Tabata's departure.
Additional information about the new project is non-existent but recently, a Linkedin profile of Luminous Studios 3D modeller Tomohiro Tokoro listed a "new AAA title for PS5" currently in development.
It's interesting to see both announcements on the same day and we wonder if Square Enix and Tabata agreed to this as Tabata revealed his support and love for the company in his resignation letter back on 31 October 2018. Or it could be some sort of better off without you message from both sides, who knows.
We'll keep an eye on for more info about the new projects from Tabata's new studio and Square Enix's new AAA title.