Hiromichi Tanaka

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Hiromichi Tanaka
Tanaka in London, England, January 2007
Born (1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Video 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]


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.

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 development of Final Fantasy XI 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 also worked on the original Famicom version of Final Fantasy III in 1990.

Final Fantasy XIV received negative reception from critics and players, and was considered a financial loss 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, an event 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 advisor to the company.[4]

Game Credits[edit]

Year Title Platform Credit(s) Ref.
1984 The Death Trap Home computer [5]
1986 Alpha Home computer
Suishō no Dragon Family Computer Disk System
1987 Genesis Home computer [6]
Aliens: Alien 2 Home computer Producer
Cleopatra no Mahō Family Computer Disk System Director
Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School Family Computer Disk System Staff
Final Fantasy Nintendo Entertainment System Game design [7]
1988 Final Fantasy II Nintendo Entertainment System Game design [7]
1989 Square's Tom Sawyer Nintendo Entertainment System Cooperation [6]
1990 Final Fantasy III Nintendo Entertainment System Game design [7]
Final Fantasy Legend II Game Boy Main data [7]
1993 Secret of Mana Super Nintendo Entertainment System Producer, concept / System design, scenario message data [7]
1995 Seiken Densetsu 3 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Director [7]
1998 Xenogears PlayStation Producer, battle planner [5]
1999 Threads of Fate PlayStation Producer [8]
Chrono Cross PlayStation Producer, battle system design [5]
2002 Final Fantasy XI Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer (until 2012) [9]
2003 Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer [8]
Sword of Mana Game Boy Advance Executive producer
2004 Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer
2006 Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS Director, executive producer [10]
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer
2007 Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Producer
2009 SaGa 2: Goddess of Destiny Nintendo DS Co-executive producer
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Microsoft Windows Producer (until December 2010) [2]
2011 Final Fantasy III iOS Supervisor
2015 MOJI-POP'N iOS, Android Producer
2016 Seventh Rebirth iOS, Android Producer [11]


  1. ^ Winkler, Chris (September 20, 2003). "Square Enix Talks Current Status". RPGFan. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "'FINAL FANTASY XIV' GETS STAFF CHANGES AND PS3 DELAY". MTV. Archived from the original on October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "FFXI Producer Hiromichi Tanaka Discusses Square Enix Departure". Andriasang.com. June 24, 2012. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Former 'Final Fantasy XIV' boss Hiromichi Tanaka joins GungHo". Polygon.com. September 19, 2012. Archived from the original on May 1, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Mallory, Jordan (June 24, 2012). "Hiromichi Tanaka leaves Square Enix". Engadget. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "FINAL FANTASY III 30th Anniversary Special Interview Vol.1". Square Enix. April 27, 2020. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f IGN Staff (April 4, 1997). "Interview With Square's Hiromichi Tanaka". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Reynolds, Shawn (November 19, 2016). "Why the Industry Needs a Threads of Fate Sequel". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Fahey, Rob (September 17, 2004). "Focus On: Square Enix' Hiromichi Tanaka". gameindustry.biz. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Jordan, Jon (February 2, 2007). "Talking Final Fantasy III with Hiromichi Tanaka". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Sato (October 18, 2016). "Seventh Rebirth Is A Mobile RPG By Final Fantasy XI Producer And Other Big Names". Siliconera. Retrieved May 16, 2020.

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