Hiromichi Tanaka

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Hiromichi Tanaka
Hiromichi Tanaka in London, England, January 2007
Born (1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationVideo game producer and director
Known forProducing Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy XI

Hiromichi Tanaka (田中 弘道, Tanaka Hiromichi, born January 7, 1962) is a Japanese video game developer, game producer, game director and game designer. He was Senior Vice President of Software Development at Square Enix (formerly Square) and the head of the company's Product Development Division-3.[1] He is best known as the former lead developer of Final Fantasy XI, Square's first massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). He oversaw ongoing development of that title and Final Fantasy XIV until late 2010. He also worked in a prominent role for earlier single-player games including Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Xenogears, Threads of Fate, Chrono Cross, and the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy III. (Tanaka had also worked on the original Famicon version of Final Fantasy III in 1990).

In 1983, Tanaka dropped out of Yokohama National University along with Hironobu Sakaguchi to join Square, a newly formed software branch of the Denyuusha Electric Company. Along with Sakaguchi and Kazuhiko Aoki, Tanaka was part of Square's original Planning and Development department.

Final Fantasy XIV received a hostile reception from critics and players, and was considered a financial disaster for Square Enix. Three months after its release in 2010, Tanaka was removed from the Final Fantasy XIV team and replaced by Naoki Yoshida.[2] At the Vana'diel Fan Festival 2012, a festival celebrating Final Fantasy XI's 10th anniversary, Tanaka announced his departure from Square Enix due to health reasons.[3] In 2012, Tanaka joined GungHo Online Entertainment as a freelance adviser to the company.[4]

Game credits[edit]

Year Title Platform Credit(s)
1984 The Death Trap Home computer
1986 Alpha Home computer
Suishō no Dragon Family Computer Disk System
1987 Genesis Home computer
Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School Family Computer Disk System
Final Fantasy Nintendo Entertainment System
1988 Final Fantasy II Nintendo Entertainment System Game design
1989 Square's Tom Sawyer Nintendo Entertainment System Cooperation
1990 Final Fantasy III Nintendo Entertainment System Game design
Final Fantasy Legend II Game Boy Main program
1991 Final Fantasy IV Super Nintendo Entertainment System Special thanks
1993 Secret of Mana Super Nintendo Entertainment System Producer, concept / System design, scenario message data
1995 Seiken Densetsu 3 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Director
1998 Xenogears PlayStation Producer, battle planner
1999 Threads of Fate PlayStation Producer
Chrono Cross PlayStation Producer, battle system design
2002 Final Fantasy XI Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer (until 2012)
2003 Sword of Mana Game Boy Advance Executive producer
2006 Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS Director, executive producer
2006 Dawn of Mana PlayStation 2 Special thanks
2007 Heroes of Mana Nintendo DS Special thanks
2008 Dissidia Final Fantasy PlayStation Portable Special thanks
2009 SaGa 2: Goddess of Destiny Nintendo DS Co-executive producer
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Microsoft Windows Producer (until December 2010)
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy PlayStation Portable Special thanks
2011 Final Fantasy III iOS Supervisor
2012 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Nintendo 3DS Special thanks
2016 Seventh Rebirth iOS, Android Producer


  1. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003-09-20). "Square Enix Talks Current Status". RPGFan. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  3. ^ "FFXI Producer Hiromichi Tanaka Discusses Square Enix Departure". Andriasang.com. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  4. ^ "Former 'Final Fantasy XIV' boss Hiromichi Tanaka joins GungHo". Polygon.com. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-09-19.

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