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Dragon Quest series producer Ryota Aomi has announced that he has left Square Enix after working with the company for 13 years.

Sharing the news on Twitter (via Gematsu), the long-time producer — who first worked on Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors while he was working at Genius Sonority — joined Square Enix in 2009. He was the lead producer on the musou spin-offs Dragon Quest Heroes and its sequel, Dragon Quest Heroes II as lead producer, while also helping out on a number of mainline Dragon Quest titles. The Heroes duology has been rereleased as a package on Switch, but in Japan only.

Aomi was incredibly thankful is his parting message on social media. Translated by Ryuji over at Noisy Pixel, the producer said that "Working on Dragon Quest has always been a dream of mine since I was in elementary school, and every day felt like a new tale."

While he's unable to share where he's moved onto next, Aomi ends his message by thanking Yuji Horii, Akira Toriyama, and the late Koichi Sugiyama.

Today is, in fact, the 35th anniversary of Dragon Quest III, which first released on the Famicom in 1988. The game is getting a HD-2D remake, though we've not heard anything about that for a little while. Dragon Quest XII is also in development, but like its pixel-perfect predecessor, has also been missing in action since 2021.

How do you feel about the news of Aomi's departure? Are you hoping we hear about Dragon Quest III's remake sometime soon? Let us know!

[source twitter.com, via gematsu.com, noisypixel.net]