Shinji Hashimoto (橋本 真司 Hashimoto Shinji?) is a Japanese game producer at Square Enix. He currently serves as corporate executive of the company's 1st Production Department. He has been the producer for several titles, including games in the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series.
He was the promotions producer for Final Fantasy VII. When asked at E3 2008 about the possibility of a remake of Final Fantasy VII, he said that Square Enix is aware fans would like that, and that they are very busy making other titles first. As Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts were being completed, the learning experience the team had during the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII project spawned the Fabula Nova Crystallis series which was supposed to build on it.
When Square was sharing a building in Tokyo with the Disney corporation, Hashimoto found himself conversing in an elevator with a Disney executive, and there they conceived of a Disney/Square Enix video game eventually called Kingdom Hearts. Hashimoto has stated that the new features in Kingdom Hearts II were the result of the success of the first game and Disneys increased trust in Square Enix to pull off an excellent product.
While working on Front Mission Evolved, one of the challenges was balancing the speed of the real time battles the wanzers, or mechs, were having so that the game was realistic to the mechs size, but also still fast enough to be engaging.
While discussing Final Fantasy XIII, Hashimoto mentioned that Square Enix has been attempting to make localization of their game releases close the release gap between Japan and the rest of the world.
- Front Mission (1995)
- Treasure Hunter G (1996)
- Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
- Chocobo Racing (1999)
- Driving Emotion Type-S (2000)
- Final Fantasy IX (2000)
- The Bouncer (2000)
- Kingdom Hearts (2002)
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004)
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005)
- Front Mission Evolved (2010)
- Final Fantasy XV (TBA)
- Kingdom Hearts III (TBA)
As executive producer
- Front Mission: Gun Hazard (1996)
- Tobal No. 1 (1996)
- Final Fantasy IV (PlayStation version, 1997)
- Tobal 2 (1997)
- Einhänder (1997)
- Final Fantasy V (PlayStation version, 1998)
- Ehrgeiz (2000)
- Final Fantasy IV Advance (2005)
- Final Fantasy V Advance (2006)
- Final Fantasy VI Advance (2006)
- The World Ends with You (2007)
- Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon (2007)
- Kingdom Hearts coded (2008)
- Chrono Trigger (Nintendo DS version, 2008)
- Yosumin DS (2009)
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009)
- Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (2010)
- Estpolis: The Lands Cursed by the Gods (2010)
- The 3rd Birthday (2010)
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011)
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (2012)
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013)
In other positions
- Kidō Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble (1986): marketing
- Chrono Trigger (1995): special thanks
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996): special thanks
- Final Fantasy VII (1997): publicity producer
- Front Mission 2 (1997): project supervisor
- Parasite Eve II (1999): special advisor
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (2004): general manager
- Final Fantasy X-2 (2003): sales and marketing producer
- Front Mission 4 (2003): executive manager
- Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (2003): sales and marketing executive manager
- Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir (2004): executive manager
- Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (2005): corporate executive
- Project Sylpheed (2006): corporate executive
- Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006): senior vice president
- Dawn of Mana (2006): special thanks
- Space Invaders Extreme (2008): general producer
- The Last Remnant (2008): corporate executive
- Puzzle Bobble Live (2009): general producer and general manager
- Qix++ (2009): general producer
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005): producer
- Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005): executive producer
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