Final Fantasy brand manager Shinji Hashimoto has announced his retirement from the position in Square Enix during the Final Fantasy XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021 (via Famitsu). He has been a producer for the series since 1994.
Taking over his position is Yoshinori Kitase, who is known for producing Final Fantasy VII Remake as well as being the director for FFVI, FFVII, and many more games. Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida has said that Shinji Hashimoto has been very helpful in making the FFXIV relaunch work.
“When the early days of” FFXIV “were extremely difficult, I myself was in charge of the situation where I had never been involved in the franchise” FF “. I think I was crazy. However, Mr. Hashimoto introduced me to various people and backed me up behind the scenes. The current “FFXIV” was backed up in various ways at that time. I think it’s because I got it. ”
Hashimoto will still remain at Square Enix and will help “in various ways”.