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Composer Takeharu Ishimoto leaves Square Enix

Composer Takeharu Ishimoto leaves Square Enix

Written by Brayden — 28 Dec 2017

Veteran Square Enix composer Takeharu Ishimoto has announced via his personal Twitter that he is leaving the company.

This is what he said translated by Siliconera.

“I’ve decided to resign from Square Enix, where I’ve worked for many years, by the end of the year. I’m resigning of my own free will. Starting next year, I plan to start freelance work.

Next year on January 11 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will also release, so please support that as well

Thank you very much!”


This by no means is the end of him working with Square Enix and on the Final Fantasy series however. Legendary composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu famously left Square Enix many years ago but both still work with Square Enix to this day so it would be no surprise to him working on another Square Enix game in the future, such as perhaps Hajime Tabata and BD2's new IP.

Ishimoto worked at Square Enix for nearly 20 years. He started as a synthesizer programmer for various games including Final Fantasy X.

His first Final Fantasy game as a composer was Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and he went on to compose Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Agito, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Dissidia Final Fantasy (Arcade) and of course Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

Everyone at Final Fantasy Union are big fans of Ishimoto's work, especially for Type-0 and we wish him all the best in the future.