Nier Director Leaves AQ Interactive At The End Of January

By Spencer . December 29, 2010 . 3:02pm

imageShortly after AQ Interactive absorbed Cavia and its other studios, Taro Yokoo announced he was leaving the company at an unannounced date.


He’s still at AQ Interactive, but wont be there for long. When 4gamer asked Yokoo to give a message to fans, he said he will retire from AQ Interactive at the end of January 2011.


Yokoo is proud he was able to create game characters players could adventure with and he asks fans, in a humble way, not to have expectations about where he’ll land. 4gamer lists his position as "unemployed."

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  • dam… :(
    looking foward to more “Nier”s… at any place, any time x)


    Grasshopper Manufacture

    • PrinceHeir

      yes either go to Grasshopper manufacturer or Platinum Games :)

      Nier 2 is soo unlikely now :(

  • FireCouch

    That sucks. Nier was amazing.

  • Ladius

    Square Enix pays Motomu Toriyama for his horrible scripts, I can’t see how they can pass up on Yokoo. A game with a Yokoo-like plot, a decent team and a budget that isn’t set to fail from the beginning would completely rock.

  • EvilAkito

    I’m not sure if Nier was a big commercial success or not, but it definitely has a bigger following than what I’m sure was expected. Hell, I was only moderately interested in the game and went in with low expectations, but I ended up loving it.

    I really hope that Square Enix brings him on board. After that utter flop known as Final Fantasy XIV, it would not be wise for Square to overlook a talented (and currently unemployed) director like Taro Yokoo.

    • Nier was a flop in the States and did better than expected in Japan.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    I still have hope that he will return to direct another game (or other games) in the Nier/Drakengard universe. We know Square sees Nier as a brand, the game was very popular in Japan and he is the one writing the Drama CD’s scenario. Even if it’s not set in the same universe, I’m sure it’ll be just as memorable.

    So, best of luck to one of the people I admire the most in the VG industry.

  • mikanko

    I’ll second others comments and hope he gets plenty of opportunities to create a game as well told as Nier. Maybe less fetch quests next time though.

  • Nier is the best game I EVER played this year.

    • I loved it, but wouldn’t go that far.

      • :)

        • Definitely! Out of the one game I played yesterday, it was the BEST of that time period.

  • And there I hope there will be another great game like Nier… My~ I love how bloody the plot gets.. as in literally… lol… but some of the story are kinda sad though…and some are quite funny… anyhow, hope SE hires him..

  • GVmanX

    Nier was game of the year for me, so it’s sad to see that he’s leaving.

  • GamerKT

    Nier was incredible. I’m so annoyed that no one played it. However, and don’t hate me for this, I’m kinda glad it flopped…only because I DON’T want a sequel. That story needs to be left the way it is and not needlessly expanded. It’s a great little gem, let’s leave it that way. Cult-status, anyway.

  • Kris

    I can’t wait to see where he goes and what he does next. It would be cool to see him make his own studio a la Tango, but I doubt he has the funds for that. Maybe he could line up a Directorial job at Mistwalker and maybe finish Cry On?

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