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If you've been waiting for an announcement concerning a Final Fantasy XV sequel, now would be a good time to stop holding your breath. According to a recent interview, Square Enix has zero plans to build a direct follow-up to their latest epic RPG. But just because they're not doing a XV-2 doesn't mean they don't have a lot more planned in the form of downloadable content.
Over on Polygon, they recently had a chat with FFXV Director Hajime Tabata. According to the Square Enix exec, the development team plans on supporting their game for some time to come, just not in the form of a full second title. Instead, he said the route forward is paved with smaller chunks of content on a more regular basis.
Shorter downtime between releases keeps fans engaged. If you do that full sequel model of expanding on an IP or a series, it's good in certain ways. The negative of that is there's a very large open period where you're not releasing anything. In that period, you get people to move away, and their attachment to the franchise dissipates a little bit.
Final Fantasy XV was notorious before launch because it took a full decade to release. Sure, a sequel would probably be much easier to develop since you'd be recycling assets but, we're talking of a two or three-year wait between iterations. By launching smaller doses of content over a longer period of time, Square Enix ensures that players keep coming back to their game and, yes, paying a little here and a little there in the months that follow launch. Rather than wait for that next big piece of story that's still years away, players can revisit the tale episodically moving forward.
We've already seen that in action, with the first two "Episodes" available that fill in a little extra back story for some of the main characters that didn't get to spend as much time in the limelight. Once Episode Ignis launches this winter, we wouldn't be surprised to see another collection of stories announced, or perhaps even a more ambitious "next chapter" continuing the story of the game.
On top of that, Final Fantasy XV players will be kept busy with things like the upcoming "Comrades" expansion that offers multiplayer adventures, as well as the recently announced crossover event with Assassins Creed Origins. It's kind of like Square Enix is going to MMO or Destiny route, so we'll be interested in hearing if it turns out to be a good move for company and fans alike. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.