Final Fantasy XI Producer To Leave Square Enix
Hiromichi Tanaka, who has been part of Square since its early days and worked on games like Final Fantasy I, II, III, and Chrono Cross, announced that he will be leaving the company.
Tanaka, who has been with Square since 1983, told Famitsu magazine that the main impetus for his departure is his declining health. Without going into too many details, Tanaka said he has a major illness. Despite his ambiguous illness, Tanaka also said that he would like to concentrate on singular game development as a creator as opposed to the producer rolls he has been serving for the majority of his employment with Square.
The announcement came during Square Enix' Vana Fest event, which is where we heard about the upcoming Final Fantasy XI expansion. Another interesting tidbit from the event is that Final Fantasy XI has been the most profitable game of all the Final Fantasy releases. After hearing that, it makes sense that Square Enix would want to create an expansion for the game, as opposed to concentrating on Final Fantasy XIV.