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Matsuno retires from Level-5

By Rachel Weber

Matsuno retires from Level-5

Thu 08 Nov 2012 8:29am GMT / 3:29am EST / 12:29am PST

Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story designer takes a break

Japanese gaming veteran Yasumi Matsuno has publicly announced his departure from Professor Layton developer Level-5.

“I'm sorry to report, but due to personal reasons, next month I'll be retiring from Level-5,” he said in a tweet, which was spotted and translated by Gematsu.

"Having finished production of 3DSWare domestically and in North America and Europe, it's at a good point time-wise for me to retire.”

The title he's referring to is Crimson Shroud, which has just seen international release.

“Even though it was for a short period of time, I was able to work hard without any gross mistakes. I am extremely grateful for the gift of genial teaching I received from everyone. Over and over again, thank you so much. I plan on taking a break for a while. I'm very thankful to have your support from now on.”

He joined the company in June 2011, saying at the time that he felt a "common vision" with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino.

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Raphael Honore Localization Assistant Manager, Blizzard Entertainment Europe

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Vagrant Story 2, yes please. Please think about it during your break, good sir.

Posted:3 years ago


Chris Nash QA Engineer

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I'd like to see Level-5 revisit the Dark Cloud/Chronicle series. Rogue Galaxy was a spiritual successor, but nowhere near as fun or varied in its gameplay.

Posted:3 years ago


Hector Remy Programmer

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Well deserved rest, I love his game designs.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Hector Remy on 9th November 2012 8:57am

Posted:3 years ago


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