While rumors were already floating around during E3, and more recently its Party 2005, Square Enix today issued a statement on its official website, that Final Fantasy XII producer Yasumi Matsuno will be taking a step down from the development due to health reasons. While he stays on the project as supervisor, Akitoshi Kawazu will take over as executive producer. The statement also clarified that FFXII is just one step away from completion, and is on track for its March 16 release date, as announced earlier today.
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Yasumi Matsuno Steps Down As 'Final Fantasy XII' (PS2) Producer
by Rainier on Aug. 1, 2005 @ 11:56 a.m. PDT
<em>Final Fantasy XII</em> shakes the series to its core with the introduction of a unique new combat system, while still honoring the franchise's reputation for epic storytelling, incredible spectacle, and compelling characters. <em>Final Fantasy XII</em> is undeniably <em>FF</em>, but it's also something completely different.