Final Fantasy XV director, Hajime Tabata, has been working at JP Games for a while now. Recently, he has announced there are two “large-scale” RPGs in development at his studio.
Speaking to Famitsu, Tabata revealed that one of his new projects is a high-speed RPG described as the evolution of Final Fantasy Type-0. On the other hand, the second project is a AAA title and could be called the evolution of Final Fantasy XV with an emphasis on free exploration in an open-world environment.
According to Tabata, he is trying to focus on replayability and providing various playthroughs for the high-speed RPG. This one has been in production earlier than the other project and is probably closer to launch.
Both games are being developed in collaboration with major companies. Unfortunately, no names have been mentioned by Tabata.
Back in 2018, Hajime Tabata resigned from his roles at Square Enix and Luminous Productions studio. A year later, he founded his own studio, JP Games, and launched its very first title, The Pegasus Dream Tour, this year on Android and iOS platforms.
Before heading the Luminous Productions, the Final Fantasy XV director had a major role in developing Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII during the era that he was working at Square Enix.
Originally launched in 2016, Final Fantasy XV received mostly favorable reviews at the time but was criticized for lack of details in the story that left many questions unanswered, which then fixed by releasing multiple paid post-launch expansions.
Luminous Productions is currently working on Forspoken for PS5. The development of the game started earlier in 2019 and Tabata was not involved in the project.
It would be interesting to see how Tabata shapes up its new projects and how close they could be to his previous works and the Final Fantasy series.
No release date or platforms have been announced for JP Games titles yet.