Japanese game industry vet Matsuno quits Level-5

Japanese game industry vet Matsuno quits Level-5
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

November 8th 2012 at 12:32PM

Former Ogre Battle and Final Fantasy dev to take break from development

Japanese game industry veteran Yasumi Matsuno has quit Professor Layton developer Level-5 after just a year at the studio.

As spotted and translated by Gematsu, Matsuno revealed the news on Twitter that he had made the decision to leave due to “personal reasons”.

He added that he planned to take a break from the game industry, and gave no indication on when or if he would return to development.

“I’m sorry to report, but due to personal reasons, next month I’ll be retiring from Level-5,” he said.

“Having finished production of 3DSWare domestically and in North America and Europe, it’s at a good point time-wise for me to retire.”

He added: “Even though it was for a short period of time, I was able to work hard without any gross mistakes. I am extremely grateful for the gift of genial teaching I received from everyone. Over and over again, thank you so much. I plan on taking a break for a while. I’m very thankful to have your support from now on.”

Matsuno joined Fukuoka-based developer Level-5 in June 2011, where he worked on Nintendo 3DS RPG Crimson Shroud.

Prior to working at Level-5, the development veteran worked at Japanese studio Quest, where he created the Ogre Battle series, before joining up with Square in 1995.

At Square Matsuno oversaw the development of Final Fantasy Tactics and worked on a number of other titles such as Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy XII.