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Naoki Yoshida

Naoki Yoshida.

Naoki Yoshida (吉田 直樹, Yoshida Naoki?), known also by the moniker Yoshi-P, is a game developer and director who joined Square Enix in 2005, working mostly with the Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road games. He is best known for his involvement in the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV.

After the poor reception of the original version of Final Fantasy XIV, he was appointed as the new producer and director for the game, due to his track record as a talented game designer and hardcore MMO player.[1]

He is currently an executive officer, a member of the board of directors, and the vice president of Creative Business Unit III, after serving as division executive of Business Division 5.

Works in the series[]

Game Release Work
Final Fantasy XIV 2010 Producer & Director (Post-launch)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013 Producer and Director, Lead Game Designer (2.0)
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward 2015 Producer and Director
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood 2017 Producer and Director
Final Fantasy Lost Stranger 2017 Editorial Supervisor
Final Fantasy Dimensions II 2017 Special Thanks
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2018 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers 2019 Producer and Director
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius 2020 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 2021 Producer and Director
Final Fantasy XVI 2023 Producer
Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail 2024 Producer & Director

In-game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Three characters modeled after Naoki Yoshida have appeared in Final Fantasy XIV.

FFXIV Naoki Yoshida

Naoki Yoshida in Final Fantasy XIV, during The Rising 2015 event.

The Wandering Minstrel was introduced on the original version of the game after Yoshida's announcement as the new director. In A Realm Reborn, the relaunched version of the game, players can talk to this character to unlock high difficulty content, such as Extreme trials and Savage or Ultimate raids. In Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, this role is covered by the Minstreling Wanderer, unlocking some of the new high difficulty content introduced in the 5.X revisions.

Along with the Wandering Minstrel, Naoki Yoshida himself makes special appearances during The Rising events since the 2015's edition. Here, Yoshida greets the player in dream visions.

This is a world that exists outside your reality. Could it be a dream? A flight of fancy conjured by your weary mind? Perhaps...or perhaps not.

Naoki Yoshida when showing himself to the adventurer.




  1. k3r0b3r0s (n.d.) . Naoki Yoshida exlusive interview for Official forums. Accessed 10 May, 2021. Archived from the original on 8 May, 2011.