Akihiko Yoshida's departure from Square Enix hasn't exactly been a secret, but today the official confirmation that he has left the company has come through. In Yoshida's dedication at the front of his Bravely Default art-book he confirms he's no longer with Sqaure Enix. The artist behind Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV and all the way back to Tactics Ogre will leave large shoes to fill within Square.
It's not all bad news, however. Just as Yoshida confirmed he had left Square Enix, he reaffirmed his dedication to a new project. That project is of course the Bravely Default franchise:
"And as long as I’m needed, I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support."
Bravely Second being announced just yesterday, with the teaser images prominently featuring Yoshida's art, makes this all the more poignant of an announcement. It's truly great to know Yoshida will still be working on games going forward. Ah, if only they'd get to North America a bit sooner! Hopefully Europe will confirm the RPGs greatness for us.
Cheers, Akihiko Yoshida! Your work has left its imprint in gaming's history and it's sad to see you leave the company you helped grow into what it is today. Keep making games for us, okay?