Dissidia Final Fantasy and The World Ends with You composer Takeharu Ishimoto resigns from Square Enix By Raptorchan on January 2, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Known for his work on The World Ends with You, Dissidia Final Fantasy and more; music composer Takeharu Ishimoto had announced his resignation from Square Enix via twitter on December 28th, 2017.

According to Siliconera, the translation of his tweet reads:

“I’ve decided to resign from Square Enix, where I’ve worked for many years, by the end of the year. I’m resigning of my own free will. Starting next year, I plan to start freelance work. Next year on January 11 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will also release, so please support that as well.

Thank you very much!”

A list of games Ishimoto composed for was also provided, showcasing his career and even some collaborative efforts with other Square Enix composers, such as Masayoshi Soken and Yoko Shimomura.

You can check out Ishimoto’s work below:

  • World Fantasista (2002) – with Masayoshi Soken
  • Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII (2004)
  • Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005)
  • Monotone (2007)
  • The World Ends with You (2007)
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) – with Yoko Shimomura and Tsuyoshi Sekito
  • Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012) – with Yoko Shimomura and Tsuyoshi Sekito
  • Final Fantasy Agito (2014)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (2015)
  • Rampage Land Rankers (2015)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015) – with Keiji Kawamori and Tsuyoshi Sekito
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (2018)


  • stevenm281

    Sad to see him leaving but that doesn’t mean he won’t participate in some of Square Enix projects in the future.

  • I need to hire him…

  • SNK

    Like every other composer on Square Enix. They all get famous and turn freelancer.

  • Codes McGodes

    Oh wow, he did a lot of my favorite soundtracks and I didn’t even know his name. I wish him all the best and I’m sure we’ll hear from him again. o/

  • •december

    RIP Square Enix

  • Damn

  • Patrick Bateman

    doesn’t effect me LOL no offense to him but his techno/rock remixes of the FFVII music in the compilation games were awful 😐 I’m glad to know he won’t be returning to technofy the Remake!

  • alef321

    his whole works were bad anyway.

  • Randy Marsh

    Guess it was inevitable, most SE composers all go freelance. I don’t care too much, aside from Massive Explosion and the masterpiece that is Price of Freedom, I’ve never been able to get into Ishimoto’s work too much. Wish him luck though.

  • xMysticx

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another one leaves SE lol

  • One Eco

    Or maybe your taste in music is the bad thing here…

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    Oh boy. One of the standout things about The World Ends with You is the music, so I can’t help wondering how this affects the chances of a critically successful sequel.

    Of course, SE could hire him freelance.

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    I’m a big soundtrack collector, so I’ve come to recognize his style.

  • Alex Kraus

    Yeah, Seems pretty standard for just about every Japanese composer or artist who becomes famous enough to have name recognition nowadays. They probably get a lot more flexibility as freelancers and the ability to turn down whatever projects they don’t wanna do.

  • David Thornhill

    I loved his music in Type-0. I’m gonna miss him :c

  • I don’t say ‘whole works’ but the latest Dissidia music is bad as hell. So much for recordings at the Abbey Road Studios.

  • Justice V

    I was never a big fan of the music in Crisis Core even though it’s one of my favorite SE games to date, but Dissidia 1 and 2 at least had decent music (probably easy since most were just old songs redone). Don’t remember anything about the Type-0 soundtrack or any standouts in BBS (but think anything he did in that one was probably similar to Dissidia just being small additions or remixes of classics).

    But best of luck to him either way.