Square Enix Announces New Dev Studio

The New Studio Is Staffed with Members from the Final Fantasy XV Team

Square Enix announced a new AAA developer studio in Tokyo on Tuesday. Called “Luminous Productions“, the studio includes members from the team that developed Final Fantasy XV.

The new studio “was established with the purpose of developing new AAA titles and bringing innovative game and other entertainment content to a global audience,” read a press release.

“Staffed with members of the creative team behind ‘Final Fantasy XV’ developed within another Square Enix Group studio, Square Enix Co., Ltd., Luminous Productions further builds on Square Enix Group’s vision to create new intellectual properties alongside our existing studios,” the press release continued.

One of those FFXV teams members is Hajime Tabata, who was the director of Final Fantasy XV. Tabata was named the COO and the boss of the new studio.

According to the press release, the studio’s upcoming projects will be revealed at a later date. Luminous Productions is also currently hiring for many positions including several programmer positions, game designers and managers.

This decision to create an entirely new developer studio is an interesting one on Square Enix’s part. It is doubtful that they just founded a new studio just to make another Final Fantasy game so this could mean that we’ll be seeing a new IP in the near future.

What are your thoughts on all this? Are you excited about whatever new projects this new studio is going to be cooking up or do you think that it’ll just be another Final Fantasy game or JRPG? Are you a game developer planning on applying for a job with this new studio? Let us know your thoughts in our comments section!