Hajime Tabata at Lucca Comics & Games 2016
|Occupation||Former video game director at Square Enix|
Hajime Tabata(田畑 端Tabata Hajime, born May 5, 1971) is a Japanese game director and the previous Luminous Productions COO and Head of Studio who formerly worked for Square Enix. He was the Head of Square Enix's Business Division 2 and part of the Final Fantasy Committee that is tasked with keeping the franchise's releases and content consistent.
Tabata resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix Group on October 31, 2018.
When Tabata was in Middle school, he played a historical role-playing game made by Koei and first imagined how much fun it would be to make his own game.In his last year of university, he applied for jobs in the video game industry and in other media arts such as documentaries, television and film. He worked at several different video game publishers prior to his being hired at Square Enix, which he said gave him experience making action games, arcade games, and role-playing games. On November 7th, 2018 it was announced that he has departed from Square Enix.
In the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the international outpouring of support for Japan was paralleled at Square Enix by fan letters about the upcoming release of Type-0, and encouraged Tabata to make something special for the fans and those living through difficult times.
He became the director of Final Fantasy XV , taking over from Tetsuya Nomura in December 2013,a change that was announced in September 2014. He used to be co-director on the project. During his work on Final Fantasy XV, Tabata joked about his busy schedule, mentioning he regularly got only three hours sleep. Tabata, whose previous experience was with portable gaming devices, stated he is excited to work on console systems and "help players dive even deeper into their experiences".
Tabata formerly served as producer for Final Fantasy XV downloadable content.His work on the downloadable content was planned to continue into 2019. He and staff within Square Enix Business Division 2 were also working on a new intellectual property targeting the next-generation of consoles. Development for this project began in earnest in 2018, after previously only having a small team of 20-30 people assigned to it.
On March 27, 2018, it was revealed that Tabata created a new Tokyo game studio for Square Enix called Luminous Productions, which consists of several key members from the Final Fantasy XV team.He was the COO and Head of Studio for Luminous Productions.
On November 7, 2018, Square Enix announced Tabata's resignation from Luminous Productions and Square Enix Group on October 31, 2018. In addition, 3 of the 4 DLCs for Final Fantasy XV were cancelled.
With the announcement of his resignation from Square Enix, Tabata announced that he will be starting his own company, JP Games, Inc. to launch in January 2019, to create a new project.
|1999||Monster Rancher 2||PlayStation||Event director|
|1999||Deception III: Dark Delusion||PlayStation||Event director|
|2004||Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII||Mobile||Director|
|2005||Last Order: Final Fantasy VII||Anime||Special thanks|
|2007||Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII||PlayStation Portable||Director|
|2008-10||Kingdom Hearts Coded||Mobile||Co-director|
|2010||The 3rd Birthday||PlayStation Portable||Director|
|2011||Final Fantasy Type-0||PlayStation Portable||Director, original scenario design|
|2014||Final Fantasy Agito||iOS, Android||Producer|
|2015||Final Fantasy Type-0 HD||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows||Producer, director|
|2015||Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius||iOS, Android||Special thanks|
|2016||Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV||Film||Producer|
|2016||Final Fantasy XV||PlayStation 4, Xbox One||Director|
|2017||King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon||iOS, Android||Special thanks|
|2017||Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary||PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita||Special thanks|
|2017||Final Fantasy Dimensions II||iOS, Android||Special thanks|
|2017||Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV||PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR)||Producer|
|2018||Dissidia Final Fantasy NT||PlayStation 4||Special thanks|
|2018||Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition||iOS, Android||Producer|