Isamu Kamikokuryo announced via Twitter that he is leaving Square Enix. Kamikokuryo tweeted..
“Yesterday, March 31, I resigned from Square Enix. It’s been a little over 18 years since I joined the company in 1999. It was a wonderful experience, from when I started with doing concept art for Final Fantasy X up until Final Fantasy XV. I am fully grateful to the company for giving me the opportunity to meet with so many people and demonstrate my talents.
I have a feeling of painful reluctance, but I would like to face drawing something new from here on. In the future, I would like to revive my writing activity while doing freelance art and diction work. To the staff and fans who supported my drawings for such a long time, thank you very much.”
— 上国料 勇 (@kamikoku2009) April 1, 2017
Kamikokuryo worked as the Art Director for the Final Fantasy games. Some of his credits include Final Fantasy XI, XII, XIII, XV, and The 3rd Birthday.