Following the resignation of former President Yoichi Wada back in march Yosuke Matsuda took the reins of Square Enix after several years as Chief Financial Officer. Matsuda-san leads one of the biggest gaming publishers in Japan, but is he a gamer himself?
Apparently he is, and quite the hardcore one, as he told Famitsu in an interview today when asked if he plays games:
Yes, I play them as a hobby (laughs)
He then elaborated further, giving us a glimpse on his gaming habits:
I’m good at FPS games. Personally I like western games and usually I’m more familiar with online games. However there are many games that I’m said to be a “maniac” of. I think i’d have trouble asking why I like those kind of games, but they just suit me.
After that, I’ll play a wide variety of genres like action and RPG. Of course I also have to play the games we make (laughs). Now I’m playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
He finally boasted a bit about his past gaming marathons:
When I play, I play seriously. Until 2-3 years ago I could clear a game in a single night.
Unfortunately now my body doesn’t last that much anymore (laughs).
It’s always nice to see a gamer at the head of a publisher like Square Enix, even if his gaming taste isn’t what many would expect from the head honcho of Square Enix, or from a Japanese gamer in general.