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Hiromichi Tanaka

A Game Designer and Producer (formerly) for Square and Square Enix

Hiromichi Tanaka

Sakaguchi, Tanaka & Aoki, circa 1985

Hiromichi Tanaka was born January 7, 1962. Classmates with Hironobu Sakaguchi, the two game developers dropped out of Yokohama National University in 1982 to intern at Square, a newly formed software branch of the Denyuusha Electric Company. It was there that they met Kazuhiko Aoki, part of Square's original Planning and Development department. The three of them headed Square's original trio of design groups: Sakaguchi heading A Team, Tanaka leading B Team, and C Team later being formed by Aoki.

Tanaka's B Team was responsible for the Seiken Densetsu series of games, or World of Mana as they are known in English. After Seiken Densetsu 3, he served as producer on a variety of other game titles, including Xenogears, Threads of Fate, and Chrono Cross.

When Square transitioned to Playstation 2 game development and began its first venture in to mainstream MMO territory with Final Fantasy XI, Tanaka served as producer. As of 2007, he is serving as Senior Vice President of Software Development at Square Enix and one of the central developers of the PlayOnline network. More recently, Tanaka led the production of Final Fantasy III for Nintendo DS, which far surpassed sales forecasts by moving over 1.5 million units in Japan and the United States.

On the 24th of June, 2012, Tanaka announced his retirement from Square Enix due to being diagnosed with a serious disease. He has advised he wants to return to the games industry in the future as an independent creator12.

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NEC PC-8801
Final Fantasy
Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square's Tom Sawyer
Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy III
Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy Legend II
Game Boy
Secret of Mana
Super NES
Seiken Densetsu 3
Super NES
Threads of Fate
Chrono Cross
Final Fantasy XI
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Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Saga 2 Hihou Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny
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Square Enix

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Square Enix's Latest Desperate Attempt to Lure People into Final Fantasy XIV

BlogFinal Fantasy XIV didn't get off to a great start. The game was launched on PC to little/no fanfare. In fact gamers reported so many problems and issues that Hiromichi Tanaka resigned as producer along with a number of other staff changes1. Now that Square Enix have spent time re-designing and re-working the game - they want people to give them money. Read on

  1. /sblog/2189/ffxiv-free-game-time-extended-again-key-staff-resign-or-are-re-shuffled-from-game FFXIV free game time extended again, key staff resign or are re-shuffled and PS3 version delayed -

FFXIV free game time extended again, key staff resign or are re-shuffled and PS3 version delayed

Square Enix have issued another communication in order to lessen the damage being done by a variety of issues in their MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV.

Producer Hiromichi Tanaka is resigning as producer:

First of all, I would like to apologise for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer.1

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  1. Digital Spy

In a recent interview, Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka let slip his possibility of his working on a new MMORPG for the approaching Playstation 3 and Windows Vista. Though he offered no more pieces of information, Tanaka did mention that a PS3 version of Final Fantasy XI would take two or three years to construct, thereby making any such endeavor an inefficient use of resources and his team's time better spent developing a new title.

Tanaka discusses Final Fantasy III

In a recent issue, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu interviewed the executive producer of the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy III, Hiromichi Tanaka. Tanaka, who had been on staff for the original title, said that he wished for the upcoming remake to have the novelty of the original NES classic. To achieve this end, FFIII will receive an overhaul, which will include a graphical move into the third dimension, attribution of actual personalities to the previously faceless main characters, as well as tweaking of the gameplay to allow for better usability of certain classes. In addition, Tanaka will make use of the DS itself by allowing the entire title to be played with the touch screen and include the DS's wireless connectivity for certain side bonuses. Final Fantasy III does not yet have a Japanese or North American release date, but by all indications Square Enix intends to put the title through to launch.

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