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Which Square Enix Staff Are Making Final Fantasy Explorers?


Thanks to Famitsu magazine, we know who the creative staff behind Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Explorers is. (Via: Game Jouhou)


A feature in Famitsu reveals that Toshiyuki Itahana created the key visual for the game and is serving as character supervisor. In the past, Itahana has been involved with various Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles games as art director and character designer.


Itahana also served as one of the character designers on Final Fantasy IX, did illustration work for Square Enix’s Imaginary Range, and has worked as character designer on the Chocobo games as well.


Meanwhile, Atsushi Hashimoto is the director of Final Fantasy Explorers. Who is he? He’s credited as one of the planning staff on Nintendo and Project Sora’s Kid Icarus: Uprising. He was also the lead planner on the Nintendo DS remake of SaGa 2.


The game’s producer is Hiroyuki Miura. Finally, Gen Kobayashi is serving as design supervisor on Final Fantasy Explorers, while Takahiro Abe is credited as project manager. All of these developers have been involved with the SaGa remakes on DS as well.


Finally, in charge of composing music for Final Fantasy Explorers is Tsuyoshi Sekito, who was the composer for The Last Remnant, and the game’s logo design is by Yoshitaka Amano.


Food for thought:


1. It would appear that Akitoshi Kawazu, who was/is in charge of the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series, as well as the SaGa series, is not involved with this game.


2. Kawazu has confirmed that a new SaGa game is in development at Square Enix, so he’s likely busy working on that. We may see some of the staff from Final Fantasy Explorers on that game as well, given their past involvement with the SaGa series.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.