Hajime Tabata

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Hajime Tabata
Hajime Tabata at Lucca Comics & Games 2016
Native name
田畑 端
Born (1971-05-05) May 5, 1971 (age 47)
OccupationFormer 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 [1] and part of the Final Fantasy Committee that is tasked with keeping the franchise's releases and content consistent. [2]


Tabata resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix Group on October 31, 2018. [3]


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. [4] 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. [4] 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. [4]

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. [5]

He became the director of Final Fantasy XV , taking over from Tetsuya Nomura in December 2013, [6] a change that was announced in September 2014. [7] He used to be co-director on the project. [5] During his work on Final Fantasy XV, Tabata joked about his busy schedule, mentioning he regularly got only three hours sleep. [5] 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". [5]

Tabata formerly served as producer for Final Fantasy XV downloadable content. [8] [9] [10] His work on the downloadable content was planned to continue into 2019. [11] He and staff within Square Enix Business Division 2 were also working on a new intellectual property targeting the next-generation of consoles. [12] [1] Development for this project began in earnest in 2018, after previously only having a small team of 20-30 people assigned to it. [13] [12]

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. [14] He was the COO and Head of Studio for Luminous Productions. [15]

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. [3]

Current projects

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. [3] [16]


1999 Monster Rancher 2 [17] PlayStation Event director
1999 Deception III: Dark Delusion [17] PlayStation Event director
2004 Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII Mobile Director
2005 Last Order: Final Fantasy VII AnimeSpecial thanks
2007 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PlayStation Portable Director
2008-10 Kingdom Hearts Coded MobileCo-director
2010 The 3rd Birthday PlayStation Portable Director
2011 Final Fantasy Type-0 PlayStation PortableDirector, original scenario design [18]
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, AndroidSpecial thanks
2016 Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV FilmProducer
2016 Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4, Xbox OneDirector
2017 King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon iOS, AndroidSpecial thanks
2017 Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita Special thanks
2017 Final Fantasy Dimensions II iOS, AndroidSpecial thanks
2017 Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR)Producer
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PlayStation 4Special thanks
2018 Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition iOS, AndroidProducer


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