Hideo Baba

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Hideo Baba (Japanese: 馬場 英雄) is a Japanese video game producer and president of the game development company, Studio Istolia. He formerly worked at Namco Bandai Studios where he was hired by them before their merge to be primarily involved with the production of the Tales of video games.[1] He joined Namco in 2001.[2] From Tales of Innocence (2007), he was the brand manager and the producer of the Tales of video game series.

On February 21, 2017, Square Enix announced the formation of a new development studio, Studio Istolia, with Baba the president of the studio and producer of its first game Project Prelude Rune.[3] In April 2019 it was announced that Hideo Baba had resigned from Square Enix and Studio Istolia due to a change in management policies[4]



  1. ^ "Tales of Xillia Director Hideo Baba on the Ever-Changing RPG Landscape from". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  2. ^ "Bandai Namco News : Management" (PDF) (in Japanese). Bandainamco.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  3. ^ "Square Enix announces new RPG "Project Prelude Rune" from newly established Studio Istolia". Gematsu. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  4. ^ "Former Tales Producer Hideo Baba Has Now Left Square Enix". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-04-07.