Shinji Hashimoto

Final Fantasy Maestro Shinji Hashimoto Retires

After nearly three decades at Square Enix, Shinji Hashimoto has announced his retirement.

“Thank you for all your hard work, everyone,” Announced Hashimoto. “As of today, May 31, I have retired. Thank you to everyone who helped me out across the board during my time in the office. From now on, I would like to give Square Enix my support as its biggest fan. Thank you so much.”

Hashimoto previously worked for Bandai before joining Square in April 1995. His role at the Japanese publisher was to work on marketing for the Final Fantasy brand. Over the years his role grew and slowly Hashimoto became one of the faces of the series serving as an executive producer on several titles.

Hashimoto was also a key figure in the creation of the Kingdom Hearts series. It has been said that when Square shared an office with Disney Japan, Hashimoto shared an elevator ride with an executive from Disney.

“Now, I’ll be leaving the company in high spirits,” says Hashimoto. “But I will continue to be around and involved in entertainment, so please be assured. To everyone around the world, I hope you will continue to support Square Enix titles.”