Square-Enix dropped six composers in late 2009

You may have known that Masashi Hamauzu, composer for Final Fantasy XIII, had left Square Enix, but were you aware five others left as well?

The composers that left include those who have worked on Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XI, The World Ends With You and more. Half of these composers will be going to new studios, the other half currently plan to retire.

For now, Square-Enix is planning on relying more on contracted composers for single projects. It is likely that Square-Enix will probably contract those still working for future projects as well, so it probably won’t be the last time you hear their in a Square-Enix title.

You can check out all the composers who were cut at Square-Enix after the jump.

Masashi Hamauzu (Intends on founding own studio)- Final Fantasy XIII, Dirge of Cerberus, SaGa Frontier II
Junya Nakano
(Joining Ge-On-Da)- Final Fantasy X, Threads of Fate, Musashi: Samurai Legend
Tsuyoshi Sekito
(Retiring)- The Last Remnant, Dawn of Mana, Founder of The Black Mages
Naoshi Mizuta
(Retiring)- Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy Gaiden, Founder of The Star Onions
Kumi Tanioka (Joining Ge-On-Da)- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Chocobo Series, Code Age Commanders
Takeharu Ishimoto (Retiring)- The World Ends With You, Final Fantasy Dissidia, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

(Source: IndustryGamers)
(Via: GoNintendo)

2 thoughts on “Square-Enix dropped six composers in late 2009”

  1. /facepalm

    These companies are not being very intelligent. I can understand those that are retiring, but don’t sack some of the most successful aspects of your company… FF and SE would be NOWHERE if it wasn’t for their amazing sounds.

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