Hironobu Sakaguchi gets all the credit when it comes to ownership or rather the fathering of the Final Fantasy series, but there were naturally other people working alongside him, behind the curtains.
Hiromichi Tanaka was the designer behind the first three Final Fantasies, to which he moved onto working on the Seiken Densetsu series, and eventually Final Fantasy XI and XIV. Despite the original Final Fantasy XIV being a total disaster, he left Square Enix last year due to health reasons.
He moved into a position at Gungho Online Entertainment as their General Manager of the Development Division, although he unfortunately had to go on hiatus due to a long hospitalization earlier this year. Now that he’s back and recovered, he has his sights set on making a new game.
In an interview with 4Gamer, he spilled the beans on his aspirations:
Even though I’ve been on hiatus due to a long hospitalization earlier in 2013, I’ve also been careful with my health, now I want to create a new game at full throttle in 2014.
Despite Tanaka being recently associated with the failure that is the original Final Fantasy XIV launch, his contribution to many classic Square games (including the still running FF XI) should hopefully reaffirm any fans’ doubts in him.