Isamu Kamikokuryo – art director for Final Fantasy XII, XIII, and more recently Final Fantasy XV – is leaving Square Enix. After 18 years at the company, he’ll be moving on to freelance work.
“Yesterday, March 31, I resigned from Square Enix,” Kamikokuryo said in a tweet, via Gematsu. “It’s been a little over 18 years since I joined the company in 1999. It was a wonderful experience, from when I started with doing concept art for Final Fantasy X up until Final Fantasy XV. I am fully grateful to the company for giving me the opportunity to meet with so many people and demonstrate my talents.”
“I have a feeling of painful reluctance, but I would like to face drawing something new from here on. In the future, I would like to revive my writing activity while doing freelance art and diction work,” he continued. “To the staff and fans who supported my drawings for such a long time, thank you very much.”
Kamikokuryo started as a gadget art designer, and background art director for Final Fantasy X in 2001. From there, he served as art director on multiple entries in the longstanding RPG franchise.