Naoki Yoshida.

Naoki Yoshida (吉田直樹, Yoshida Naoki?), referred to by friends and fans alike as Yoshi-P, is a game developer and director who joined Square Enix in 2004, working mostly with the Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road games. He is very known for his involvement on the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV.

After the poor reception received by the original version, 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's been known as being very open to the players about his plans, often posting on the official forums late in the nights. He has admitted to sometimes getting sick due to his tight work schedule, and becoming addicted to coffee for the same reason.

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

Works in the series[edit | edit source]

Game Release Work
Final Fantasy XIV 2010 Producer/Director (Post-launch)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013 Producer/Director
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward 2015 Producer/Director
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood 2017 Producer/Director
Final Fantasy Dimensions II 2017 Special Thanks
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2018 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers 2019 Producer/Director
Final Fantasy XVI TBA Producer

In-game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

There have appeared three different characters modeled after Naoki Yoshida in Final Fantasy XIV.

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

The Wandering Minstrel character was introduced on the original version of the game after Yoshida's announcement as the game's new director. In the A Realm Reborn relauch, players can talk to this character to unlock hardcore content such as Extreme trials and Savage or Ultimate raids. In Shadowbringers, this role is covered by the Minstreling Wanderer, unlocking some of the new hardcore content from 5.0 onwards.

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.

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