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Since dropping out of Yokohama National University in 1983 along with his friend Hironobu Sakaguchi, Tanaka joined the then-fledgling game studio and had a hand in creating the very first Final Fantasy, released in Japan four years later in 1987. Since then, he has been a major part of several company projects, including non-Final Fantasy titles such as Secret of Mana, Xenogears, and Chrono Cross. He was heavily involved in the development of Final Fantasy XI as a producer, and, until December 2010, oversaw development on the series' second major online title, Final Fantasy XIV.
Tanaka announced his departure from Square Enix at the 2012 Vana Fest, citing health problems.
|Final Fantasy||Game Design|
|Final Fantasy II||Game Design|
|Final Fantasy III||Game Design|
|Final Fantasy Legend II||Main Programmer|
|Final Fantasy IV||Special Thanks|
|Final Fantasy XI||Producer|
|Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS)||Director/Executor Producer|
|Dissidia Final Fantasy||Special Thanks|
|SaGa 2 Hihō Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny||Executive Producer|
|Final Fantasy XIV||Producer|