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Yoshinori Kitase (北瀬 佳範, Kitase Yoshinori?) is a game producer and former game director who has been working for Square Enix since 1990. He has directed several Final Fantasy games, with his debut being Final Fantasy VI (1994). He became a producer after Hironobu Sakaguchi promoted him to the position. He made his debut as a producer with Final Fantasy X (2001).

Profile

Kitase graduated in cinema at the Nihon University College of Art. In 1990, he was hired by Square, even though he didn't have any computer knowledge. He was the director of Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy VII (1997) and Final Fantasy VIII (1999). As he puts it, his role was that of an "event scripter". He would direct the characters' expressions and movements, the settings and the timing of music transitions, much like a stage director.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the Final Fantasy series' creator, chose Kitase to be producer of the mainline Final Fantasy games developed by Product Development Division 1. In this new position, Kitase would then choose Motomu Toriyama as his successor as director, and produce Final Fantasy X (2001), Final Fantasy X-2 (2003), Final Fantasy XIII (2009), Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011), and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013), all of which Toriyama directed.

Kitase is currently producing his first smartphone game called Mevius Final Fantasy (2015).

Works Within the Series

Game Release Work
Final Fantasy Adventure 1991 Game Design, Scenario Writer
Final Fantasy V 1992 Event Planner
Final Fantasy VI 1994 Director (with Hiroyuki Ito), Event Planner
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Director, Scenario Writer (with Kazushige Nojima)
Final Fantasy VIII 1999 Director, Game Design, Base Story
Final Fantasy X 2001 Producer, Game Design, Base Story
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 Producer, Base Story (with Motomu Toriyama)
Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- 2004 Producer
Final Fantasy VII Tech Demo 2005 Supervisor
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children 2005 Producer (with Shinji Hashimoto)
Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- 2006 Producer, Original Concept
Final Fantasy V Advance 2006 Supervisor (with Hiroyuki Ito)
Final Fantasy VI Advance 2006 Supervisor (with Hiroyuki Ito)
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- 2007 Executive Producer, Game Design, Event Planner
Dissidia Final Fantasy 2008 Producer
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete 2009 Producer (with Shinji Hashimoto and Ichiro Hazama)
Final Fantasy XIII 2009 Producer, Game Design, Story Supervisor, Crystal Tools Development Staff
Final Fantasy XIV 2010 Crystal Tools Development Staff
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy 2011 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy Type-0 2011 Producer
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 Producer, Story Supervisor
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 2012 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy All the Bravest 2013 Special Thanks
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 Producer, Story Supervisor
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2013 Producer
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call 2014 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy VII G-Bike 2014 Executive Producer
Mevius Final Fantasy 2015 Producer

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