Earlier this week veteran Square Enix designer Hiromichi Tanaka announced his departure from the company.
Tanaka, 50, is citing declining health as the primary cause for his departure. According to Andriasang, he is currently suffering from a “major illness.” Tanaka also notes that he wishes to work as a “single creator” on future endeavors, meaning after his illness is taken care of, he will likely return as an independent producer.
Tanaka has been a part of Square Enix for almost 30 years. His first game credit was 1984′s The Death Trap, and since then has worked on several titles for Square Enix, including Final Fantasy II, III, and IV, Chrono Cross, and Xenogears. His current project for Square before his departure was serving as the producer of Final Fantasy XI, a post that will now be held by Akihiko Matsui, a lead designer on Square’s other MMO, Final Fantasy XIV. Matsui will be working on both titles simultaneously.
I hope that Tanaka does recover from his serious illness, and that he does get back into the game soon.