2019 has been jam-packed with great games so far, and we thought Dragon Quest Builders 2 was among them, awarding it a glowing 9.5 score in our review last month. It sounds like the director of the game, Kazuya Niinou, is wanting to leave on a high note, as he’s announced his resignation from Square Enix.

Niinou has been at Square Enix for 7 years, during which time he primarily worked on the Dragon Quest Builders series, but he also lended a hand with the retooling of Final Fantasy XIV. In the announcement tweet of his leaving, as translated by Gematsu, he thanks fans and his colleagues for their support, and offers the following statement:

“I have been at Square Enix for about seven years now (my longest yet!). I felt a little burned out with Builders 2 and wanted to try out a development cycle different from Square Enix, so I set out for a new development environment.”

Before working at Square Enix, Niinou worked at Atlus and directed the first installments of Trauma Center and Etrian Odyssey, so it’s definitely exciting to think about where he’ll end up next! As for the future of Dragon Quest Builders, he’s definitely left the foundation of that series in a good place.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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