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Former Atlus and Imageepoch designer joins ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ team

"If I get the chance, I would like to release my own game again, but for now I will give my all to Eorzea." Kazuya Niinou

Kazuya Niinou, best known for his work on Atlus' Etrian Odyssey and Imageepoch's 7th Dragon, has set his sights on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Kazuya Niinou, best known for his work on Atlus' Etrian Odyssey and Imageepoch's 7th Dragon, has set his sights on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Niinou announced today via twitter that he now works as one of the game's assistant directors.

"If I get the chance, I would like to release my own game again, but for now I will give my all to Eorzea," wrote Niinou. Niinou made the jump to the Square Enix staff after health issues; according to Adriasang, "he felt that continuing as a director would be difficult," and instead chose to start fresh with a new team.

In an effort to overhaul the mess that was Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix announced A Realm Reborn, a serious makeover for the game in terms of graphics and gameplay. The game does not yet have an official release date, although a test beta is expected to launch this winter.