Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV Art Director Leaves Company
While Final Fantasy XV is continuing to receive support, such as the new Episode Gladiolus DLC months after its release, the bulk of the game’s design phase is relatively completed. Even though the Japanese video game industry has been known to keep employees for decades, it has grown somewhat more common to see long-time employees step away from or lose their positions when employed by a big developer. This is likely due to the more project-focused nature of the modern industry. As such, it appears that two big Square Enix employees are now leaving the company, one of which happens to be the Final Fantasy XV Art Director.
— 上国料 勇 / Isamu Kamikokuryo (@kamikoku2009) April 1, 2017
Isamu Kamikokuryo, the Final Fantasy XV Art Director and veteran Square Enix employee, announced on Twitter that on March 31st, he officially resigned from the company. Kamikokuryo started at Square Enix in 1999 as a concept artist for Final Fantasy X and worked his way up to become the art director of the latest game in the franchise. According to other tweets by Kamikokuryo, he has very much enjoyed working on the Final Fantasy games for Square Enix the past 18 years, but felt it was time to work on something new.
We also have learned that not long after Kamikokuryo announced his resignation, Square Enix producer Yoshinori Yamagishi announced his departure from the company as well. Yoshinori worked on several Square Enix games, such as Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile, and has announced he is working on a new title with a different company. We here at Don’t Feed the Gamers thank both of these men for their work and wish them all the best as they drive off in the Regalia that is the future.
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