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Gaming: Final Fantasy XV abruptly final; YouTube app on Switch; glowing Fallout stamps

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Nov 8, 2018, 2:57 PM EST

In an abrupt change that really brings home the final in Final Fantasy, Square Enix has canceled nearly all the remaining Final Fantasy XV downloadable story content that fans had been expecting to receive in bite-sized morsels for at least another year.

Via The Verge, the company announced that it would only be releasing episode Ardyn — the first of four planned FFXV character-based DLC updates for 2019 — and that all the others, including episodes based on protagonist Noctis, Lunafreya, and fan favorite Aranea — have been scrapped. The game’s announced Comrades multiplayer component also has been severed from the main game, and will reportedly be spun off as a standalone console-only title.

The reason for the game’s cut-short life cycle? The sudden departure of director Hajime Tabata, who’s credited with saving FFXV from its famously lengthy development hell after stepping in, following the game’s name change from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, to replace Kingdom Hearts creator and Versus director Tetsuya Nomura. 

Tabata, whose name is almost as familiar to fans as those of the four royal bros of Lucis themselves, was rewarded for the game’s success by being placed in charge of Square Enix’s all-new Luminous Productions studio division. But after starting in that role, he revealed this week that he's leaving the company to start his own (presumably games-related) business.

At least we have the finished game, plus already-released DLC backstories for Gladio, Prompto, and Ignis (poor Ignis!) — Noctis’ three royal sidekicks. Episode Ardyn, which dives deeper into the complex character of the game’s protagonist, is set to arrive in March. Sony just released an English-subtitled Japanese teaser for Ardyn, which you can check out below:

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Bethesda is upping the real-world marketing ante for Fallout 76 in the most radioactive of ways, releasing a line of commemorative stamps that are sure to get your Pip-Boy’s rad counter ticking. 

Via Engadget, Fallout fans in Europe will soon be getting a series of limited edition postage stamps that might as well be irradiated, because they glow a cool shade of atomic green in the dark. Among the Fallout icons featured on the stamps are the Fallout 76 logo, a Power Armor helmet, and Vault Boy himself in various salutes and poses. 

European fans can get their hands on the stamps by taking part in a reported string of promotions on “social media and community promotional campaigns and competitions,” but there’s no word yet on whether Bethesda plans to, ahem, launch these nuclear stamps onto U.S. shores.

Finally, Nintendo is patching what’s been a long-standing chink in the Switch’s multimedia armor, releasing a dedicated YouTube streaming app for the popular console via the Nintendo eShop

The YouTube app is a free download, and complements the Switch’s Hulu app, which until now had been the only streaming platform available to Switch owners. The Switch app supports 360 video via the JoyCon controller, and features limited touch screen support as well.

Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for Nintendo to announce a Netflix and Amazon Video app…if we can tear ourselves away from watching Super Mario speed runs and cat videos.