Yasumi Matsuno, producer of many games including Final Fantasy XII, has stepped down from his position in Square Enix. Matsuno cited health concerns as his reason for stepping down from the role. Given that Final Fantasy XII is almost complete, it is unlikely this his departure will effect delivery of the game.

"To all the fans that have been waiting for the release of Final Fantasy XII, I'm sorry that its development has been taking an extremely long time," said Matsuno in his official address. "I unfortunately will have to take a step away from the production scene, but the game is progressing in its development under the hands of excellent staffs, including [Hiroshi] Minagawa, [Hiroyuki] Ito, and [Jun] Akiyama."