Hironobu Sakaguchi is most well known as the creator of the original Final Fantasy series, but he wasn’t alone. Hiromichi Tanaka, while more behind the scenes, put a lot of his skill and creativity as a designer in the first three chapters of the franchise, then he moved to the Seiken Densetsu series, worked as a the Producer and battle Planner of Xenogears, led Final Fantasy XI to its successful long run and the original Final Fantasy XIV to its terrible launch.
After leaving Square Enix due to health reasons in 2012, he joined Gung Ho Online Entertainment as a General Manager of the Development Division, and now he’s ready to make a new game, as he told 4Gamer in an interview.
Since I’ve been in hiatus due to a long hospitalization in 2013, while being careful with my health, I want to create a new game at full throttle in 2014.
While many gamers haven’t forgiven Tanaka-san for the mistakes made with Final Fantasy XIV, it’s doubtless that his contribution to many classic Square Enix games and to the evolution of JRPGs in general (not to mention to the success of MMORPGs in Japan).
Personally, I’m very glad to hear that he’s finally better, and that he’s preparing to work on a new game. Hopefully Tanaka-san will be able to surprise us again very soon.