Everything we know about the man behind the Final Fantasy 7 remake

Over the past decade, many of Square Enix’s best-known designers have left the company – and none more high profile than Hironobu Sakaguchi. He joined Square in 1983 as a part-time designer, going on to become its director of planning and development, and ultimately its US president. Yoshinori Kitase, one of Sakaguchi’s protégées, is among the few remaining staff from the glory days when the company established and expanded the Japanese RPG blueprint. He’s worked on titles such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 7 and Square’s high-profile collaboration with Disney, Kingdom Hearts. Today, he pilots the Final Fantasy brand – Sakaguchi’s creation and a series that has sold more than 100 million units to date – and is Producing the much awaited remake of Final Fantasy 7. It’s one of the most senior creative positions in games, but holding it was never Kitase’s goal.

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