Ryutaro Ichimura, Dragon Quest Chief Producer, Announces Departure From Square Enix
Dragon Quest chief producer Ryutaro Ichimura has announced his departure from Square Enix as of today, March 31.
He shared the announcement on Twitter with the following words:
“I’ve started to count how many more games I’ll be able to make in my lifetime,” he commented. Ichimura-san added that as it takes three to four years to develop games nowadays, “we have to carefully consider each title we make. Once I can reset and reflect, I’d like to leave this blessed environment, and explore what can be made if I dare to push myself into a higher-risk environment.
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Ichimura-san has worked on a wealth of entries in the Dragon Quest series, including serving as producer on Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, chief producer on Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Blow, and more recently producer on Dragon Quest of the Stars.
[Source – Ryutaro Ichimura on Twitter]