What Does The Former Etrian Odyssey Director Do On Final Fantasy XIV?

By Ishaan . December 11, 2012 . 8:30am

Back in September, we reported that former Etrian Odyssey and Trauma Center director, Kazuya Niinou, is now employed at Square Enix and working on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.


What does Niinou do? Well, as previously reported, he’s assistant director on the game. Additionally, Square revealed today in a blog post that Niinou is also the quest team lead on Final Fantasy XIV. That position is a lot clearer than simply “assistant director”.


Niinou underwent surgery to have one of his organs removed last year, due to health issues. Following the procedure, he found it difficult to continue working as a director on games, which is why he made the switch. Prior to joining Square, he was at Imageepoch, where he helped create 7th Dragon.

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  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    If he’s going to be the game’s assistant director then get ready, it’s probably going to be a hard as hell MMO.

    • I’m okay with this :3

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        I’m okay about it as well. FFXI for example is arguably the most difficult MMORPG I’ve ever played and it really forced you to socialize and make a linkshell.

        It was hard but satisfying beyond belief, the other MMO’s I’ve played that give you that “success” sensation are TERA with it’s BAMs and The Secret World with it’s complex quests.

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn just got even better. =)

  • This is a good sign for the quality of the quests. However, I’m just glad that his surgery hasn’t completely removed him from the gaming industry. Being assistant director is still a lot of work and a very important part of development.

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