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Naoki Hamaguchi now officially co-director for Final Fantasy VII Remake

Naoki Hamaguchi now officially co-director for Final Fantasy VII Remake

Written by Brayden — 02 Apr 2019

Square Enix has officially named Naoki Hamaguchi as co-director for Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Previously he held the title of development leader and director Tetsuya Nomura compared his role to that of Tai Yasue, the co-director on the majority of the titles in the Kingdom Hearts series.

As a result of this it makes me wonder why they didn't just do this in the first place. Nomura also has always had at least one co-director on every project he's directed since 2006 with the exception of Final Fantasy Versus XIII until Hajime Tabata joined the project.

Back to Hamaguchi, he's had plenty of experience working on many big Final Fantasy titles.

He first worked on Final Fantasy XII in the programming of character motion and visual effects.

He then worked as lead cutscene programmer on Final Fantasy XIII, lead application programmer on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and then as main programmer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

During his work on Final Fantasy XIII he of course helped with the creation of the Crystal Tools engine.

More recently he directed the PC ports of the Final Fantasy XIII series.

And until early last year was project leader on Mobius Final Fantasy working with director Motomu Toriyama. He handed the role of project leader at that time to Takashi Shiraga allowing him to focus on Final Fantasy VII Remake.

He is still involved to some degree on Mobius Final Fantasy and received a special thanks on its recent Final Fantasy VIII event.