Final Fantasy XV art director resigns after 24 years at Square Enix, says the game has the “greatest” ending


Longtime Final Fantasy art director Yusuke Naora has called it quits from Square Enix, a company where he has worked for the past 24 years. His last job wound up being the art director for Final Fantasy XV, and with the game nearing release next month, his responsibilities have essentially been wrapped up for quite some time.

Over the course of his career, Naora also helmed the art for Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy X. Recently, he participated in the Final Fantasy XIII games, which desperately needed a bit more of his restraint and input, and helped with the HD remasters of Final Fantasy X and X-2.

Naora announced his resignation over a series of Twitter posts, in which he also praised Final Fantasy XV’s ending as the “greatest” in the series.

Those are some pretty high standards he’s comparing against. Final Fantasy‘s endings are as iconic as the games themselves, be it the Lifestream overtaking Meteor or the Returners escaping from Kefka’s collapsing tower. Even the original stands out with its time traveling ideas, setting the tone of the series early by proclaiming that Final Fantasy isn’t strictly about “fantasy” at all.

What’s your favorite Final Fantasy ending? I’ll be impressed if Final Fantasy XV‘s ending is half as touching as Final Fantasy X’s. We all hated Tidus the first time we saw him, but in the end, somehow, Square Enix turned him into a likable guy. His ending was a punch straight to the gut. I wonder if Noctis will be able to turn opinions the same way throughout his quest.

Final Fantasy XV launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Nov. 29.

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