Ultimate Fantasy producer Shinji Hashimoto retires from Sq. Enix

He’s out as of Could 31

After serving Sq. Enix for over 20 years in a number of roles, Shinji Hashimoto has left the corporate to retire from the trade altogether.

He introduced the information directly on his Twitter account (posing with a Chocobo plush), noting that he’ll retire on Could 31 of this yr, and can proceed to help the corporate as a fan. Immediately following the tweet, Masahiro Sakurai reached out to thank him for his contributions to the sphere. 2021 was a prelude of kinds to this transfer, as he stepped down as govt director from the corporate to give attention to different roles.

Whereas Shinji Hashimoto isn’t as high-profile as another members of the Sq. Enix collective, odds are you’ve performed a sport he’s labored on extensively, or learn heaps of stories that concerned him not directly. He was one of many first-ever individuals to touch upon a remake of Ultimate Fantasy VII over a decade in the past, and has labored on video games from Chocobo Dungeon to Kingdom Hearts III (a collection that he partially is chargeable for the creation of).

He was additionally well-known for giving biting commentary when requested questions by followers and video games writers alike; particularly when he was quizzed about bringing again outdated franchises. Even when he stated one thing individuals might not need to hear, he was a refreshing change of tempo from the usually guarded govt a part of the trade within the trendy period. I hope he enjoys his retirement, and it’ll be fascinating to see the place Sq. Enix goes subsequent, and the way they intend to fill his sneakers.