Hiromichi Tanaka, a producer and designer who has been a part of Square Enix since before it was even Square Enix, announced his departure from the company during Vanafest 2012, an event held to commemorate Final Fantasy XI
's 10-year anniversary.
Tanaka's departure is due in part to his health; he suffers from a "major illness" of some kind, according to Andriasang's translation
of a Famitsu interview
. Tanaka also cited a desire to work as a "single creator" on future development projects as a reason for resigning his post as Final Fantasy XI
Aside from FFXI
, Tanaka's portfolio at Square dates back to 1984's The Death Trap
, although his work on the original Final Fantasy
probably garnered more exposure. He also worked on Final Fantasy II
, as well as Xenogears
and Chrono Cross
. Akihiko Matsui, currently part of the Final Fantasy XIV
team, was named as Tanaka's successor. Matsui will work on both FFXI
, primarily focusing on FFXIV
until Version 2.0 is completed.