Celebrated Square Enix character designer Akihiko Yoshida has left the company. His farewell address can be found within the art book for his most-recent project Bravely Default: For the Sequel.
Yoshida has been credited as character designer across a wide range of Square Enix projects since he joined the company in 1995. Notable titles include Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics and recent releases Bravely Default and Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn.
Now, Siliconera reports that Yoshida confirmed his resignation in an art book released today called “The Art of Bravely.” It is packaged with copies Bravely Default: For the Sequel, which also launched today in Japan.
The site has posted this photo of Yoshida address:
Translated, it reads, “This is a personal message of mine, but I’d like to say thank you for all the support these past 18 years. I have decided to leave Square Enix, but I believe our relationship will continue going on. And as long as I’m needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.
Bravely Default main character designer & lead artist,