Akihiko Yoshida, who first joined Square Soft in 1995 to work as a character designer on titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and more recently Bravely Default and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, has announced his departure from the company he’s been working with for almost two decades.
The announcement is in his personal message section of the Bravely Default art book in Japan, titled “The Art of Bravely,” released today with Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan.
After thanking all the artists who made the book possible, along with his co-workers from Silicon Graphics, and other staff members, Yoshida added the following message:
“This is a personal message of mine, but I’d like to say thank you for all the support these past 18 years. I have decided to leave Square Enix, but I believe our relationship will continue going on.
And as long as I’m needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.
Bravely Default main character designer & lead artist,
It hasn’t been confirmed yet if Yoshida is working on Bravely Second, the sequel to Bravely Default, which was announced yesterday, but Yoshida does say he wants to keep working on the series, so keep your fingers crossed.