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Bravely Default character designer leaves Square Enix

Yoshida decides to leave Square Enix, but will continue working with the company

Long-time character designer Akihiko Yoshida has announced that he's leaving the company. The confirmation came inside The Art of Bravely, an art book for Square Enix's Bravely Default. Yoshida left a message within the book, which was translated by Siliconera.

"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," Yoshida wrote. "And as long as I'm needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.

Over the course of his 18-year career, Yoshida has done character designs for Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, and Bravely Default. His last confirmed game will be the Bravely Default sequel, Bravely Second.

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Ypshida is a legend. He will be missed!
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
Yoshida is an amazing artist with a rich history. I'm glad he'll stay on for future Bravely Default entries. That franchise looks to have an extremely bright future.
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Philipp Nassau Student - Business Administration (M. Sc.) 3 years ago
I loved his Vagrant Story design work. Hopefully he'll still find time to work on some SE projects but no matter what he does, I'm sure it's going to be good so we can only wish him all the best past SE.
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance3 years ago
Character designs for Final Fantasy Tactics? I thought those were some of the best 2d character designs of all time! Here's hoping he continues to design and influence the next generation of designers at Square Enix and throughout the gaming industry.
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