Hideo Baba, the producer of an assortment of the Tales Of games, has left Studio Istolia and Square Enix.
Square Enix has had a mixed 2019. Kingdom Hearts 3 captured everyone’s affection, but then Left Alive sent everyone into a coma. Now, Hideo Baba, the former president of Square Enix’s subsidiary Studio Istolia, has left the company.
Baba was appointed president of Studio Istolia back in February 2017 to work on a PS4 RPG code-named Project Prelude Rune, but he left the studio in December 2018 and has now left Square Enix.
“Accompanying the change in Studio Istolia’s management policies, I have resigned as the company’s president as of the end of December 2018, and resigned from Square Enix as of the end of March 2019,” Baba said in a press release via Famitsu (translated by Siliconera).
“Thank you again to Square Enix Group for giving me a variety of experience. I will continue to support everyone from behind the scenes, and I sincerely hope for the further growth of Square Enix Group.”
Hideo Baba is best known for being a producer of Bandai Namco’s the Tales Of series, but fans shouldn’t expect him to return to the franchise as he hasn’t yet hinted anything about his future.
In other Square Enix news, the developers of Final Fantasy 15‘s DLC is working on a new IP for next-gen, and the co-director of Kingdom Hearts 3 has said the game was purposefully made easy.