Square Enix character designer Akihiko Yoshida is leaving the company
, ending an 18-year tenure that saw him produce iconic designs for Final Fantasy Tactics
and Vagrant Story
, among other classics.
Yoshida announced his departure in The Art of Bravely
, a Bravely Default
art book released in Japan this week. Yoshida explained that he will continue to work with Square Enix on the upcoming Bravely Second
, but will no longer be directly employed by the company.
Yoshida's distinct artwork defined games like Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy XII
and the 2006 Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy III
. One of his most recent projects, Bravely Default
, is due for a North American release in February