Well, say goodbye to someone who helped make Final Fantasy what it was: A top-quality, groundbreaking phenomenon.

According to Andriasang citing Famitsu, Square Enix producer and designer Hiromichi Tanaka announced at Vana Fest 2012 (to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI ) that he's leaving the company.

Sadly, Tanaka isn't just leaving to work as a "single creator" on future projects; he's also suffering from a "major illness." This is a guy whose resume includes 1984's The Death Trap and features many of Squaresoft's most critically acclaimed titles, including FFII, III, and IV, plus Xenogears and Chrono Cross . So yeah, if you're one of many who recall those days with a great fondness, you should feel some distress at Tanaka's departure. It's just another sign that the golden era of Square's greatness is long since over.

And we certainly hope his illness can be dealt with, and he can continue to work for a while.

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Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
8 years ago

I hope he can take the time to get healthy and then find his way back into gaming, it would be a shame to lose him forever.

Good Luck!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Thanks for the memories Tanaka-san! I hope he can recover from whatever it is. I'd hate to live through the decline of something I helped build only to pass away before it can be returned to greatness.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

He wont.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Won't recover or won't die?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

He wont recover and is going to die soon.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

That's a shame.

cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

SE games are literally making him sick.

Seriously I hope he will get better.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

HAH!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Get well soon

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

If this man helped with Xenogears, he has already received a lifetime achievement award in my books! I hope he recovers, and that Square starts to bring their company back to life. Would hate to see them dwindle to nothingness.