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Final Fantasy XV’s main programmer has left Square Enix By Erren Van Duine on August 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

UPDATE: A private source close to Square Enix Japan has confirmed to Nova Crystallis that Kentaro Yasui has indeed left Square Enix, although exact details on when the departure took place were not shared at this time. We will be reaching out to Square Enix for an official comment.

News has surfaced today surrounding an upcoming mobile game helmed by Oriflamme, a new developer headed by Ryuji Ikeda of Dissidia Final Fantasy fame as well as other ex-Square Enix and Capcom staff. The game – titled Chaos Centurions – is an RTS written by Kenichi Iwao (World Concept Planning, Final Fantasy XIV) and Alexander O. Smith, Japanese localization guru.

The full staff list found at the end of the trailer also lists Kentaro Yasui who was the main programmer on titles such as Final Fantasy VII, VIII, Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and has been attached to the Final Fantasy Versus XIII – now Final Fantasy XV project – for years. It is unknown if Yasui is still involved there, but his inclusion at this new company alongside other ex-staff suggests he may have left Square Enix on unspecified notice.

Square Enix has been silent on the status of Final Fantasy XV for well over a year despite promises to be “more open with fans” on the game’s developments. Having skipped out on this year’s E3, it’s currently unknown when the title may surface again, although Producer Shinji Hashimoto claims that new information will be shared when the time is right.

Via: NeoGAF.

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  • Krijn van Alten

    If they release Type-0 HD somewhere in 2015 I can wait for one year more. But only one. Not until 2018.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Why not? They have to remake the game for the new engine yes, but they already had a lot of material back then so they did not started from scratch again. The game is in full development since 2011 so that should be enough time.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Welcome by the club!

  • Caliburn

    Ok, if I were to take a wild guess, I would say that he takes a momentary break from Square and will be back a little time after this game is finished.

    I mean, I find it unlikely that the head programmer of a AAA game like Final Fantasy 15 and possibly future head programmer for Kingdom hearts 3 will just leave Square Enix to make a 10$ to 15$ mobile title. Maybe he is taking a little break, or maybe they don’t need him right now.

    Then again this is pure speculation, of course.

  • Caliburn

    I doubt its getting delayed because of one guy. Can you imagine FF15 getting delayed because of a mobile title?

  • LukesAlike

    Well yeah.

  • Krijn van Alten

    But I think there is a lot of truth in there. SE should not be that stupid to just let people go when they are working one the company’s most important project on the moment.

  • Krijn van Alten

    I personally think that a lot of the work is finished already. Remember a article here not that long ago that Kitase was no longer attached to the project? He wouldn’t stop until his work is finished, so that is the reason for me to believe that his work was done. And now the main programmer is finished. It gives me more hope that we will see this game somewhere in 2015.

  • Krijn van Alten

    What are you trying to say? Are you pissed of about the news or about the fact that he says here that the XV board on GameFaqs is full of negative people?

  • Kevin30

    You think FFXV releasing in 2016-2018 is acceptable?
    You must be out of your mind!

  • Krijn van Alten

    She has a point in the fact that I rather have a good game that a game that they finished in a rush. But I don´t XV is such a game. They had time enough to make is something good.

  • Kenny Loh

    I know most peoples will not agree with me, but come think of it, did you guys know how many percentage of FFXV have been finished? This game keep silent forever, no news in game magazines like Famitsu and Dengeki either after E3 2013, so that why i would accepting they make the game slowly and giving us the release date this year, i really don’t care if they release it in 2016-2018 but they should freaking set a date already, what i pissing off the most is they still set FFXV as TBA.

  • Krijn van Alten

    But you don´t now how much percentage is finished either. It can be 60%, but maybe it is already finished. Think about it: Kitase is no longer attached to the project, and now the head programmer, so in my eyes that is a reason to believe that they are almost done.

  • Kenny Loh

    I hoping so… as long as they giving the release date and more screenshots we will be stop worrying about it.

  • NoctX85

    what the fuck…..al i hear about my game is fucking bad news…. i was like wow FFXV news,and now this bullshit again.

  • Anime10121

    Cant delay a game with no set release date :/

  • Krijn van Alten

    Just wait for the coming TGS next mount and see. I am convinced that there will be some XV info there.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Tell me, why is a leaving lead programmer such bad news? Very likely that his work is finished, so is almost certainly a sign that the game is in the last stages of development.

  • raruna

    I’m so tired of bad news on FFXV.
    So incredibly tired.

    I think the only way to be happy about this game now is if they release a good PC version so I won’t be limited to the PS4’s less than impressive hardware and capabilities.

  • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

    Late reply, but yeah. The people at the GameFaqs board pretty much shuffle and rotate this:

    Complain about XIII/Lightning
    Complain about the merger that “ruined Square”
    Parade over bad news so they can–
    Say that they are done with Square, yet return
    Make really bad joke topics that manage to go close to, if not, the 500 post limit
    Complain about XV
    Complain about the changes they don’t like

    Pretty much, the board is mostly like that one troll we had here, but multiplied.

  • Kenny Loh

    Yeah, but don’t trust too much of Square-Enix, they make lot broken promises, especially the FF versus switching to PS4 case.

  • Krijn van Alten

    There are already rumours that the PC version is not going to happen any more. But that are just rumours.

  • Wazi the pa

    We know that the game has been in development thus delays can happen to non-release-date-given games….. Still sucks though :/

  • Krijn van Alten

    As already said here in other comments: it is very likely that his job was done. SE should not be that stupid to let someone go who is still working on the most important game for the company on this moment. Remember that article here not long ago that Kitase was no longer attached to XV? For me this are all signs that the game is in the last stages of development.

  • Krijn van Alten

    You know, those complains are on a subjective level, so I mostly don´t argue about them. But I really can´t stand people who keep complaining about the merge from square and enix but still playing the games. That means they are complaining for X-2 until now, which is more that 10 years! Is there really nothing better they have to do in there life?

  • Krijn van Alten

    They indeed make some strange choices. For me the worse so far is the FNC. In first it seems a nice idea. But then came the name changes and the sequels and it all became a mess. I hope that they don´t make the same mistake with XVI.

  • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

    You know, those complains are on a subjective level, so I mostly don´t argue about them.

    True, and I agree, but as a big fan of the final fantasy series I can’t go to the board without having to shuffle through all of it– so I just stopped going there.

  • Roy Mustang

    Rev up dem petitions, mustard rice.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Sounds like a good plan. I think it´s best if I don´t even try. Thanks for the warning!

  • Budgiecat

    He’s not just pulling a Kitase though, he’s leaving Square-Enix altogether.

    Anyway, same sorta things happened with Uncharted 4 development, so we’ll see how things end up for both. One things for sure; I bet Uncharted 4 comes out first…

  • Budgiecat

    Matsuno left S-E too..and is helping to make a mobile game..

  • Budgiecat

    beta for PS3 was completed in 2011

  • Nicole DeCambre

    That would mean the ENTIRE UNCHARTED FRANCHISE would have been announced AND released before FFXV.
    I’ll just let that sink in…

  • Krijn van Alten

    You are all so impatient. Christians are waiting 2000 years already for Jesus his return. Now that is what I call patient!

  • Krijn van Alten

    Matsuno left in the first place for his bad health. The mobile game came later.

  • Krijn van Alten

    SE would only let him go if he had finished his job. So him leaving the company is enough proof for me that his work as main programmer for XV was done.

  • Kenny Loh

    Yeah, i know, too bad they switch to PS4 in final >.>

  • Krijn van Alten

    I think they sell more on the PS4 on the moment than on the PS3, so for the company it’s a wise decision.

  • Anime10121

    Square cant make a person stay if he wants to quit…

  • Krijn van Alten

    You really think that the legal team of SE who are making the contracts for all the employees don’t think about situations like this one? You clearly don’t know much about business law.

  • Nicole DeCambre

    Gaming & Religion; 2 entirely different realms of importance. I’ll leave it at that.
    I just hope your enthusiasm & trust is reciprocated by this company, that, for the last generation, haven’t done much to impress its fan base.

  • Anime10121

    I wont presume to think I know how business law works on the other side of the world (or the ins and outs of its entirety in the US even), but any contract he signed at the beginning of this project…. I doubt it can hold him down for the length of time this game has seen development :/

    Either way though, he’s gone, and regardless of whether or not he’s completed work on it, its not like the game is gonna release soon, take it down a notch man, it aint that serious :/

  • Krijn van Alten

    That last part is highly subjective.

  • Krijn van Alten

    I am interested to know: who do you jump form one conclusion to the other? You can also see it this way: it is very likely that the time between now and the release is shorter than the time between the announcement and now. So relatively spoken, the release is closer by then ever!

  • Anime10121

    I am interested to know why you have to be such an ass in a thread about a video game….wait, no I’m not :/

    Not everyone has to have such an undying faith in Square like you seem to have.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Why do you doubt the fact that we are closer to a release now that we ever where? The release is somewhere in the future, so every second we reach it closer and closer. There is no possibility to disagree with me, since this comment is written in the time before the release so on the moment that this comment was written, it is a simple fact.

  • Budgiecat

    no

  • Budgiecat

    it hurts
    please hold me

  • Kevin30

    She got that right.

  • Wazi the pa

    If what you say is true, then we should be expecting to see Final Fantasy XV at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. If not, then who the hell knows.

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