Final Fantasy XI Has A New Director Too

By Spencer . December 10, 2010 . 10:30am

imageBoth of Square Enix’s online Final Fantasy games are going through staff shuffling. Akihiko Matsui, ex-director of Final Fantasy XI, is now part of the core Final Fantasy XIV team as the lead game designer.


Mizuki Ito, director of the Abyssea add-ons, is now the director of Final Fantasy XI and its fantasy world Vana’diel. Yoji Fujito, creator of the chocobo raising system, will assist him as the game’s associate director.


The newly appointed staff wrote messages to fans, which you can read here.

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  • doomspeller10

    I guess the only thing missing here is either Sakaguchi’s return or an AVGN review. Unfortunately I don’t see any of them happening.

    • My prediction is that Final Fantasy will go through such a slump in the next coming years that Wada will become desperate and somehow manage to form a team with Sakaguchi, Uematsu, Hori (DQ fame) and Kazawu (Sorry Tanaka) as the forefront to produce another game simply titled “Final Fantasy.” It will be the best thing to happen since sliced bread and appear on every known handheld/console and sell millions upon millions. It will appear as if its again, the swan song of a dieing company that pulls a pheonix down. It will be great, we will cry, and we will forever remember Square-Enix in our hearts.

      Clearly this would make the world over celebrate but its so far-fetched its most likely to never happen.

  • neo_firenze

    This is GREAT news for FFXI. The Abyssea expansions have been excellent, with really well designed systems, and the game has become so much more player-friendly with the updates of the past year. Looking forward to 2011 and beyond in FFXI. The only worry is that if Ito does as good a job as he’s shown to be capable of, S-E might swipe him to send him to try to salvage the doomed FFXIV.

  • PrinceHeir

    good to see they’re still supporting XI ^^

  • Hey guys is it worth playing FFXI, for someone who wasn’t played any MMO before?

    • For a first MMORPG? No way; you will be lost in so many ways it’ll take hours to finish writing them all for you.

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