Final Fantasy‘s veteran brand manager Shinji Hashimoto has announced his retirement from the role. He’ll nonetheless be at Square Enix, however shall be passing the torch on to Final Fantasy VI, VII, and VIII director Yoshinori Kitase.

Over on Twitter, Hashimoto launched the next assertion for followers:

Thank you everybody for the numerous, many heat messages relating to my personnel replace!

I’d have cherished to have made my greetings to everybody all over the world in particular person, however sadly was not ready to take action because of the pandemic. So I’d prefer to apologize that I needed to share this replace through a livestream, as a substitute of in-person with you all!

From now on, I’d like to proceed to assist all of the groups from behind the scenes, and would humbly ask in your continued assist. Though I’ve handed on the baton because the Final Fantasy model supervisor, I’m going to proceed to do my greatest at Square Enix. 

Hashimoto joined Square Enix in 1995 and has been engaged on Final Fantasy sequence since 1997.

Singing Hashimoto’s praises, Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida recalled how he was put in command of the MMORPG at a “very difficult time” and the way Hashimoto helped him out.

“Mr. Hashimoto introduced me to various people and backed me up behind the scenes,” he mentioned. “FFXIV is what it is today because of the support we received back then… Thank you for the Final Fantasy series so far, but please continue to support us in the future.”

[Source: VGC]