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Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也 Nomura Tetsuya?, born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerly Square), best known for his work on both the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series.[1]

Biography

Time before Square

Nomura was born in Kōchi, Japan. When he was a young man, he worked at a vocational school creating art for advertisements.

Time at Square

In the early 1990s, Square hired him to work as a debugger for Final Fantasy IV and following it as a monster designer for Final Fantasy V and then as graphic director and minor character designer for Final Fantasy VI.

Nomura's most notable work came in 1995, when Square asked him to be the character designer for Final Fantasy VII to replace Yoshitaka Amano. It was a critical and commercial success. In 1998, he worked on both Parasite Eve & Brave Fencer Musashi. In 1997, Nomura worked on Final Fantasy VIII, a game that achieved commercial success, where he returned as the character designer.

Afterwards, Nomura worked on several other different projects for Square Enix, ranging from character designing in Ehrgeiz for the PlayStation to character designing for The Bouncer, before returning to character designing for the Final Fantasy series with Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy XI. More recently, he has acted as the director, concept artist, and character designer for the Kingdom Hearts series, which currently includes the title game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Coded and most recently, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. He was also responsible for the complete designing and orchestration of The World Ends with You for the Nintendo DS.

He was also the main character designer of Final Fantasy XIII, as well as the character designer of Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PlayStation Portable.

Movie

Nomura directed the CGI animated film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children which was released on 2005 in Japan and in North America on April 25, 2006, and also wrote some of the lyrics that appear on the soundtrack. This was also Nomura's film debut, and he re-designed the characters as well.

Current work at Square Enix

Nomura is currently working on the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy XIII projects. He is the character designer of all three games and the director of Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Nomura is currently working on Kingdom Hearts 3D and other new untitled titles of the Kingdom Hearts series,[2] one of which - Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - is scheduled for release in 2010 which he had previously mentioned in a Twitter interview[3] and the second in 2011;[2] both of which were mentioned in December 2009 where in mentioned that he was working on two more unannounced projects from an existing franchise.[4] In addition he is also working on Kingdom Hearts III which is currently in the conceptual stages.[2]

Most recently in the July 2010 issue of Game Informer an interview with Nomura revealed that he would be involved with a number of titles with the first of which being announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010.[5]

Works credited

Game name First released System name(s) Nomura's role(s)
Final Fantasy IV 1991 Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS Debugger
Final Fantasy V 1992 Super Famicom, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance Battle Graphics
Final Fantasy VI 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance Graphic Director
Live A Live 1994 Super Famicom Tosa-ben Translation
Chrono Trigger 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Nintendo DS Field Graphics
Front Mission 1995 Super Famicom, PlayStation, WonderSwan Color, Nintendo DS Graphic Designer
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console Boss Monster Designer
DynamiTracer 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Concept Designer
Final Fantasy VII 1997 PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Character Designer, Battle Visual Director, Original Story
Parasite Eve 1998 PlayStation Character Designer
Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring 1998 Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation Network Character Supervisor
Brave Fencer Musashi 1998 PlayStation, PlayStation Network Character Illustrator
Parasite Eve II 1999 PlayStation Character Illustrator
Final Fantasy VIII 1999 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network Character Designer & Battle Visual Director
The Bouncer 2000 PlayStation 2 Character Designer
Final Fantasy X 2001 PlayStation 2 Character Designer
Kingdom Hearts 2002 PlayStation 2 Director, Concept Design, Character Designer & Base Story
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 PlayStation 2 Main Character Designer
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII 2004 Mobile phones Character Designer
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories 2004 PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance Director, Character Designer, Concept Design & Base Story
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children 2004 Director
Musashi: Samurai Legend 2005 PlayStation 2 Main Character Designer
Last Order: Final Fantasy VII 2005 Supervising Director
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 PlayStation 2 Director, Character Designer, Concept Design & Base Story
Final Fantasy V Advance 2006 Game Boy Advance Monster design
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII 2006 PlayStation 2 Character Designer
Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy VII 2006 Mobile Phones Character Designer
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII 2007 PlayStation Portable Creative Producer & Character Designer
The World Ends With You 2007 Nintendo DS Creative Producer & Main Character Designer
Kingdom Hearts coded 2008 Mobile Phones Director, Concept Design, Character Designer & Base Story
Dissidia: Final Fantasy 2008 PlayStation Portable Creative Producer & Character Designer
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days 2009 Nintendo DS Director, Concept Designer, Character Designer, Base Story
Final Fantasy XIII 2010 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Main Character Designer
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 2010 PlayStation Portable Director, Concept Designer, Character Designer & Base Story
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded 2010 Nintendo DS Director, Concept Designer, Character Designer & Base Story
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy 2011 PlayStation Portable Creative Producer & Character Designer
Final Fantasy Versus XIII TBA PlayStation 3 Director, Concept Game Designer, Character Designer & Base Story
Final Fantasy Agito XIII TBA PlayStation Portable Character Designer
The 3rd Birthday TBA PlayStation Portable Creative producer, Concept design, Character Designer

[2]

References

  1. Next Generation staff (2007-03-03). The Hot 100 Game Developers of 2007. Next Generation. Future Publishing USA. Retrieved on 2007-04-02.[dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Olivia (March 24, 2010). BBS Ultimania Details: 3 New KH Titles?. HeartStation.org. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  3. Anoop Gantayat (March 18, 2010). Tetsuya Nomura Interviewed at Twitter. Andriasang. Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
  4. Brian Ashcraft (December 22, 2009). Tetsuya Nomura Working On Two Unannounced Titles. Kotaku. Retrieved on December 17, 2009.
  5. Game Informer Staff (2010-06-05). Game Informer (GameStop Corporation): 84–85. 

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