Square Enix has announced Luminous Productions, the studio behind Final Fantasy XV and Forspoken, will be merged into Square Enix. This is effective on May 1, 2023, we’ve learned.
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— Luminous Productions (@LumiPro_EN) February 28, 2023
The re-organization notice came earlier this morning, which confirms Luminous will be folded into Square Enix.
“The merger is part of the Company’s efforts to further bolster the competitive prowess of the Group’s development studios, a goal set forth under its current medium-term business strategy. SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. has developed numerous AAA high-definition (HD) games and possesses a wealth of intellectual property (IP) and content. Luminous Productions Co., Ltd. is meanwhile equipped not only with AAA title development capabilities but also technical expertise in areas such as game engine development. Combining the two entities will further enhance the Group’s ability to develop HD games.”
For now, Luminous’ only goal until the merge is complete is to ensure that Forspoken is patched and will work on releasing the In Tanta We Trust expansion later this summer.
The news comes on the heels of the Forspoken launch, a title that was not critically received well with a current Metacritic score of 64. We also have no indication regarding how well the title sold and whether or not it has done well for the studio.