Two long-time employees of Square Enix have taken to Twitter to announce that the they have both respectively left the company to pursue other endeavors. Both of the employees had been at Square Enix for a combined 38 years, with their work spanning everything from Final Fantasy to Star Ocean. So far, it seems the timing of their notices is due more to the ending of the Japanese fiscal year than any kind of mass exodus, though only one of them is likely to remain in the video game industry.
The first employee, Isamu Kamikokuryo, was the art director for Final Fantasy 15, and has worked at Square Enix for an astounding 18 years. This Friday, the storied employee announced that he would be leaving the Final Fantasy 15 developer to pursue freelance art and diction work. He stated that although he feels like he left a part of his heart behind, he simply wanted to move on to drawing new things. The artist had started out as a concept artist for Final Fantasy X in 1999, eventually working on the 5 Final Fantasy titles that followed along with producing art for The 3rd Birthday.
The following day, Square Enix producer Yoshinori Yamagishi also confirmed his resignation from the company. He'd been a producer for both the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series over his 20 year tenure at the company, along with games like the ill-fated Mindjack, Radiata Stories, and more. Yoshinori announced that he is working on a brand new game from a different company, but as of right now the details on this project haven't been released to the public. The producer made mention that although it was April 1st, he'd leave it up to the fans whether to believe him or not. So far, the departure seems genuine.
It's not uncommon for workers in Japan to announce job transitions and resignations as March comes to a close, since the new fiscal year for Japan begins on April 1. We wish both of the video game veterans the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Final Fantasy 15 is out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.