Square Enix’s CTO Leaves Company

Square Enix’s CTO, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, has left the company, citing “personal reasons” for his departure. As of writing, a candidate has not yet emerged to take Hashimoto’s place as CTO,  though it is reported that  Hashimoto’s other roles at the company will be taken over by existing Square Enix staff with Driancourt Remi taking over his position as the manager of Square’s Advanced Technology Division and Hideyuki Kasuga assuming Hashimoto’s former role as Technical Director of much lauded MMO RPG, Final Fantasy 14: a Realm Reborn.

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Despite leaving the company, Hashimoto will remain connected to the Final Fantasy 14 team, serving in a technical  advisory role of sorts as he oversees the game’s further development.

Hashimoto has been with Square Enix since 2009 and had previously worked at Sega, where he was involved in the development of several games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.

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