Takeharu Ishimoto retiring from Square Enix

After 18 years, composer Takeharu Ishimoto is parting ways with Square Enix. Ishimoto said in a tweet that he was leaving “amicably” and will be working freelance starting in 2018. He started at Square Enix as a synthesizer programmer before composing for titles in 2002. He has been responsible for the soundtracks to the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series and The World Ends With You, as well as contributing to other Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts titles.

Ishimoto’s last score at Square Enix will be Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, which releases in January. It is likely that he, like other former Square Enix composers, such as Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda, will freelance on future Square Enix projects.

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Mathew Gallagher. Last modified on January 1, 2018.

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Mathew Gallagher is a Sound Design graduate from the UK. During his degree, Mathew studied the latest in game audio techniques, including VR and Dolby Atmos. When not gouging out on JRPGs or racing games, you can find him listening to all sorts of soundtracks or retweeting game news. He's currently learning how to play violin, but it's safe to say his guitar playing is the better of his musical talents.

2 Responses to Takeharu Ishimoto retiring from Square Enix

  1. Chris says:

    I wish him the best of luck freelancing!

    *There’s one typo I noticed in the last paragraph: It should be Yasunori “Mitsuda”, not “Matsuda”.

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