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Motomu Toriyama is a co-director on Final Fantasy VII Remake, developer messages released

Motomu Toriyama is a co-director on Final Fantasy VII Remake, developer messages released

Written by Brayden — 28 Nov 2019

Square Enix has finally revealed what appears to be at least the majority of the main staff behind Final Fantasy VII Remake and with them messages from each, headlined by producer Yoshinori Kitase.

But what is the biggest piece of news from this is the reveal of the game's second co-director, Motomu Toriyama.

The previously revealed co-director, Naoki Hamaguchi additionally had his areas of focus revealed to be game design & programming while Toriyama's area of focus is scenario design.

Toriyama previously teased his involvement in the project way back in December 2014 stating he "was hard at work on the next project and that they would be able to announce it in 2015". Final Fantasy VII Remake was famously announced at E3 2015 but with no mention of Motomu Toriyama until finally now his involvement as a co-director has been formally announced by Kitase and Square Enix.

Motomu Toriyama might be a new name for some newer fans of the series but he has been involved with the series since the mid '90s. He actually joined the company to work on Final Fantasy VII and he worked on it as an event planner and also planned the submarine chase section.

Some of his most famous scenes from the game include the iconic introduction and the Honey Bee Inn. He would later direct the famous Tech Demo for PS3 which saw the introduction remade.

His first project as a director was Final Fantasy X and he would then serve as the sole director for Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. He also directed Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings and Blood of Bahamut with support from one of his writers, Takanari Ishiyama and someone from co-developer Think & Feel.

Which yes, speaking of, he's also personally worked on the scenarios for various games over the years including Racing Lagoon, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Blood of Bahamut, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, Final Fantasy XIII, Front Mission Evolved, The 3rd Birthday and more in addition to involvement with other projects.

In addition to his work on Final Fantasy VII Remake, he has also been directing Mobius Final Fantasy since the projects both started in early 2014 and which in its early days of service featured a Final Fantasy VII Remake event using actual assets from the game and also a 20th anniversary Final Fantasy VII event.

In addition to Toriyama, they also revealed Teruki Endo (who appears to have joined Square Enix from Capcom in recent years) as battle director, Iichiro Yamaguchi (who previously worked on the XIII series) as lighting director and confirmed Takako Miyake as environment director, Masaaki Kazeno as character modelling director, and Yoshiyuki Soma as animation director which are no surprise given their past work in the same roles on Kitase's team.

Finally, they also released two pieces of artwork. The first featuring Aerith can be viewed above, while the second featuring Barret and his adopted daughter Marlene below along with the full list of staff. You can check out each of their messages here.

Yoshinori Kitase - Producer
Tetsuya Nomura - Director & Concept Design
Kazushige Nojima (Stellavista) - Story & Scenario
Naoki Hamaguchi - Co-Director (Game Design / Programming)
Motomu Toriyama - Co-Director (Scenario Design)
Shintaro Takai - Graphics & VFX Director
Teruki Endo - Battle Director
Takako Miyake - Environment Director
Iichiro Yamaguchi - Lighting Director
Masaaki Kazeno - Character Modelling Director
Yoshiyuki Soma - Animation Director