The development of Final Fantasy XI is more about maintenance than completely new lands, but the person in charge of the game is still important to fans. So it’s understandable if you’re sad over the news that game director Mizuki Ito will be leaving the game at the end of the month, moving on to another project within Square-Enix. Ito has been working on the project for the past fifteen years and has served as director for the past five.
Ito will be replaced by current assistant director Yoji Fugito. Producer Akihiko Matsui remains in his role and offered his thanks to Ito for his dedication and work with the project in an open letter to the game’s community. Matsui also restated that the game’s “minor” updates will continue and that the game is meant to still be an enjoyable haven for players for years to come.