Fan Favorite Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn and Bravely Default Lead Artist Akihiko Yoshida announced his departure from Square Enix a few days ago, but fans of the two games don’t need to worry, as his magic pencil isn’t going too far.
In an interview on the newest issue of Weekly Famitsu (reported by Hokanko) he explained his departure from Square Enix and explained that he’s still going to work on Bravely Default sequel Bravely Second.
At the end of September I resigned from Square Enix, but I am still going to work on Bravely Second as a freelance. About the reason, I always wanted to work in a way that I could both paint and develop games. However, recently, game developers have more and more tasks to perform, and that requires time. After thinking about an environment in which I’d be able to challenge more things, I decided to resign, so I would no longer be bound by the structure of a company.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fans can feel relieved as well, as Community Manager Toshio Murouchi posted on the official forums a sketch by Yoshida-san and a picture in which he’s at the Square Enix offices checking something “confidential” for some future illustration work, that will remain under wraps for now.
He also explicitly confirmed that the Final Fantasy XIV team will continue to work with Akihiko Yoshida “more and more” in the future.