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Yoshinori Kitase (北瀬 佳範, Kitase Yoshinori?) is a Japanese former game director and current game producer working for Square Enix. He has directed three Final Fantasy games: Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy VIII.

He became a producer after Hironobu Sakaguchi promoted him to the position. He made his debut as a producer with Final Fantasy X. Since then, he has produced Final Fantasy X-2, the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Mobius Final Fantasy and the forthcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake.

He is the head of Square Enix's Business Division 1[1] and apart of the Final Fantasy Committee.[2]


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. 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, creator of the Final Fantasy series, chose Kitase to be producer of the mainline Final Fantasy games developed by Product Development Division 1. Kitase chose Motomu Toriyama as his successor as director.

He is currently working as producer on the Final Fantasy VII Remake series, with the first episode in the series being directed by Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Works within the seriesEdit

Game Release Work
Final Fantasy Adventure 1991 Game Design, Scenario Writer
Final Fantasy V 1992 Event Planner, Scenario Writer, Field Planner
Final Fantasy VI 1994 Director (with Hiroyuki Ito), Event Planner, Scenario Writer
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Director, Scenario Writer (with Kazushige Nojima)
Final Fantasy VIII 1999 Director, Game Design, Base Story
Final Fantasy X 2001 Producer, Scenario Writer
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 Producer, Base Story (with Motomu Toriyama)
Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- 2004 Executive 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
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, 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, Crystal Tools Development Staff
Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 2010 Crystal Tools Development Staff
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy 2011 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy Type-0 2011 Producer
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 Producer
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 2012 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy All the Bravest 2013 Special Thanks
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 Producer
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
Final Fantasy XIII 2014 Producer
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2014 Producer
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2015 Special thanks
Mobius Final Fantasy 2015 Producer
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2015 Producer
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2016 Special thanks
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV 2016 Special thanks
Final Fantasy VII Remake TBA Producer[3]

In-game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit


FFT0 Yoshinori Kitase

Yoshinori Kitase.

Yoshinori Kitase appears as a Support Personnel of Akademeia. He shares the character model with Machina Kunagiri. His code name is "Producer".


  • Kitase has stated that his favorite game in the series is Final Fantasy VII and his favorite character is Cloud Strife.[4]
  • Tetsuya Nomura stated he considers Yoshinori Kitase one of his four "seniors", and an influence on his game direction.[5]
  • Kitase has stated his favorite Final Fantasy X scene is the ending. Specifically when Yuna attempts to run into Tidus's arms.[6]

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