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Art director Isamu Kamikokuryo has left Square Enix

Art director Isamu Kamikokuryo has left Square Enix

Written by Brayden — 01 Apr 2017

Isamu Kamikokuryo, a long time art director for the Final Fantasy series has officially left Square Enix.

Kamikokuryo joined Square back in 1999. He initially served as background art director for Final Fantasy X, an art director on Final Fantasy XII and art supervisor for Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. More recently he was the art director for Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII where he also helped with character design including Lightning's design for XIII-2. He also served as art director for The 3rd Birthday. His last game was Final Fantasy XV where he was one of 3 art directors.

Kamikokuryo revealed his departure via Twitter and also said he will be doing freelance work and is thinking about doing some writing. You can read his tweets below thanks to Siliconera.

“Yesterday, March 31, I resigned from Square Enix. It’s been a little over 18 years since joining the company in 1999. It was a wonderful experience, from starting out as a concept artist for Final Fantasy X to Final Fantasy XV. I feel nothing but gratitude for the company that provided me with the opportunity to meet so many people and display my talent.”

“Although I feel as if I left my heart behind, I want to move forward onto drawing new things. From here on, I’ll do freelance art and diction work, and I’m thinking about reviving some writing activity as well. To all the staff, and to all the fans, thank you very much for supporting my drawings for such a long time.”

Final Fantasy Union gives thanks to Kamikokuryo for all his amazing artwork over the years and wish him the best for the future.