Naoki Yoshida

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Naoki Yoshida
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Born
吉田 直樹

(1973-05-01) 1 May 1973 (age 46)
Nationality Japanese
Other namesYoshi-P
Occupation Video game producer and director
Employer Square Enix

Naoki Yoshida(吉田 直樹,Yoshida Naoki, born May 1, 1973), [1] also known by the nickname Yoshi-P, [2] is a Japanese video game producer, director and designer working for Square Enix. He is known primarily for his work on massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), as chief planner on Dragon Quest X , and as director and producer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn . He is credited with rescuing the original Final Fantasy XIV project from its disastrous launch. Yoshida is an Executive Officer at Square Enix, [3] the Head of Square Enix's Business Division 5 [4] and part of the Final Fantasy Committee that is tasked with keeping the franchise's releases and content consistent. [5]

A video game producer is the person in charge of overseeing development of a video game.

Square Enix Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling over 115 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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Early career

Yoshida joined the video game industry in 1993 and started his career at Hudson Soft, where he was assigned to the creation of PC Engine games at first. [6] Later, he participated as scenario writer in the Far East of Eden series and as game designer in the Bomberman series. [7] After he left Hudson Soft, he worked at several smaller game studios for five years. [6]

Hudson Soft Japanese video game publisher

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<i>Far East of Eden</i>

Far East of Eden is a series of role-playing video games released in Japan and Taiwan. The name is a play on the terms "Far East" and "East of Eden". The series was conceived by Oji Hiroi and developed by Red Company, debuting on the PC Engine CD-ROM² System in 1989.

Bomberman is a strategic, maze-based video game franchise originally developed by Hudson Soft and currently owned by Konami. The first game in the series was released in Japan in 1983, and new games have been published at irregular intervals ever since. Today, Bomberman has featured in over 70 different games on numerous platforms, as well as several anime and manga. The most recent iteration, Bombergirl, was released in 2018.

Career at Square Enix

Yoshida eventually joined Square Enix in 2004 and became the head of the Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road series as well as a game designer of Dragon Quest X in its early stages. [6] [7] In December 2010, he was taken off the Dragon Quest team and placed in charge of the staff that developed the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Final Fantasy XIV , which had been unsuccessful since its launch several months before. [2] [8] Then company president Yoichi Wada attributed this decision to Yoshida's experience, "charismatic" leadership skills and "passionate" will to satisfy customers. [8] Yoshida was not acquainted with any of the Final Fantasy XIV team's members and thus had to demonstrate his dedication to the project first to gain their trust as director. He then talked with the individual developers to find out their ideas for improvements to the revised version known as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn . He proceeded with describing to the team the precise goals to achieve. [2] Yoshida drew some inspiration from his long-lasting enthusiasm for MMORPGs, having played such titles as Ultima Online , EverQuest , Dark Age of Camelot , World of Warcraft , Warhammer Online , Rift , Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2 . [6] [9] As a result of his direction, reviewers and commentators have credited Yoshida with "rescuing" the Final Fantasy XIV project. [10] [11] [12] [13]

<i>Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road</i> video game

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road is a series of Japanese arcade games based on Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Players battle monsters and can win real-life cards with monster data imprinted on them. The first game, also titled Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road, was released in 2007 only in Japan, using the Taito Type X2 system. A sequel, Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road II Legends, was announced at the 2009 Jump Fiesta in Tokyo, and a third game in the series, Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory, a port of the Legends game, was announced for the Wii in 2010. Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Scanner was scheduled release for Arcade in 2016.

<i>Dragon Quest X</i> online role-playing game

Dragon Quest X is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by Square Enix. It is the tenth mainline entry in the Dragon Quest series. It was originally released for the Wii in 2012, and was later ported for Wii U, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and Nintendo 3DS, all of which support cross-platform play. Outside of a Windows version in Chinese, the game was not localized outside of Japan.

<i>Final Fantasy XIV</i> Online role-playing game

Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by Square Enix. Directed and produced by Naoki Yoshida, it was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3 in August 2013, with clients for PlayStation 4 and macOS following later. The game, known as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, is a replacement for the 2010 version of Final Fantasy XIV, which was shut down after negative reception at its launch. Final Fantasy XIV takes place in the fictional land of Eorzea, five years after the events of the original release. At the conclusion of the original game, the primal dragon Bahamut escapes from its lunar prison to initiate the Seventh Umbral Calamity, an apocalyptic event which destroys much of Eorzea. Through the gods' blessing, the player character escapes the devastation by time traveling five years into the future. As Eorzea recovers and rebuilds, the player must deal with the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.

Works

YearTitlePlatformCredit(s)
1998 Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth Nintendo 64 Special thanks
1999 Bomberman 64: The Second Attack Story mode director
2007 Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Arcade Director
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Wii Special thanks
2008 Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road II Legend ArcadeDirector
2010 Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory Wii
Final Fantasy XIV Windows Producer, Director
2012 Dragon Quest X Wii, Wii U Planner chief
2013 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4. macOS Producer, director
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
2015 Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius iOS, Android Special thanks
2015 Final Fantasy XI: Rhapsodies of Vana'dielWindows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 Division executive
2016 Dragon Quest Builders PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV FilmSpecial thanks
Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Windows, PlayStation 4, macOSProducer, director
Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary PlayStation 4, PlayStation VitaSpecial thanks
Final Fantasy Dimensions II iOS, Android
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PlayStation 4
2019 Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Windows, PlayStation 4, macOSProducer, director
TBDUnannounced Next Generation Title"Next Generation" HD Platforms

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