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Hiromichi Tanaka leaving Square Enix

June 24th, 2012 by Tony Garsow

At the closing of this year’s VanaFest, on the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI, Hiromichi Tanaka announced to fans across the globe that he will be leaving Square Enix due to health concerns. Tanaka has been with Square, before it became Squaresoft and then Square Enix, as a founding member alongside Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Working on the first four numbered Final Fantasy games, Tanaka-san eventually became the lead of Production Department 3 and Square Enix’s first MMORPG: Final Fantasy XI. Heading the project for many years, he then shifted his focus to Project Rapture, which became Final Fantasy XIV. After release, he passed the torch to Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida to return to work on Final Fantasy XI. Akihiko Matsui will continue in Tanaka’s place as producer.

A legendary figure in the Final Fantasy series, we here at Final Fantasy Network wish him a swift recovery and endless thanks for the many years he has invested in our favorite franchise. All the best!

Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hiromichi Tanaka, Kazuhiko Aoki (circa 1985)


  • dan hibiki

    I wish him a good recovery

  • Wow cant believe he leaving SE :_; but health is first!

    wish him the best and yes thank’s for everything you done.

    cant believe tanaka is leaving crap. I remember seeing him in E3 2010 during FFXIV show off. oh well.

  • Dy

    Wasn’t he the one that supposedly ruined FFXIV and subsequently damaged the FF brand name?

  • light-san

    @dy, ff14 was rushed, becuase SE wanted to release it quickly and probably ff11 was also online as well. Becuase of this it failed to meet the demands met. He was responsible for ff1-3 and 11. Ff13 was hit in sales, music and graphics, but fail to precieve in other aspect.

    Plus what did on your last post was very rude to others. You seem to be a new fan. please don’t rage over other people opinions.

    Wish this guy well, He was a great contribute to square. Maybe he might do something with sakaguchi in future.

  • Dy

    So that was him then… Just remember seeing a lot of people talk crazy amounts of crap about him.

    But he helped create a legend and I’m sure is a great man!

  • EpicCarbunkl

    Not Tanaka, too! D: All of the original people are leaving Square Enix. :( I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope he returns to the FF series.