Even an innocuous job ad by an unknown company can lead to no small amount of speculation. Especially when they leave behind enough clues for an amateur sleuth to deduce the culprit’s true identity.
Posted on Japanese job recruitment site ECareerFA, the ad is looking for a “Super famous RPG series 2D art designer (background).” Besides experience using Photoshop and “general social common sense and communication skills,” the ad explicitly requires that the new hire be someone who can “design with emphasis on the world view.” As the 2D/CG designer, this new employee would be tasked with working on the concept art of a not-insignificant amount of the game’s content, including the towns, fields, dungeons, and background props like the furniture and emblems seen. The designer would also work on the vehicles, weapons, items, and map icons.
On the surface, it appears to be regular game development for a project at the concept or even pre-production phase. However, Keengamer suspects that the identity of the anonymous company is none other than Square Enix. Working from the clues left behind in the job ad, they reason:
…it’s described as having created “huge RPGs” and having launched online games, has a digital entertainment business that provides “high quality games with unique world views”, has delivered “a large number of million-sellers”, has an amusement business based focused on the Taito Station arcades (Taito is owned by Square Enix), has a publishing business for manga, and has a licensing business.
The company is also described as in Tokyo, one minute from the Higashi-Shinjuku station of the Oedo Line and Fukutoshin line, eight minutes from the main Shinjuku Station, and eight minutes from the Shunjuku Sanchome station of the Marunouchi and Fukutoshin line, which fits Square Enix’s headquarters location exactly.
Keengamer speculates that the new designer could be working on Final Fantasy XVI, but the number of “super famous” RPG series Square Enix owns means it could just as likely be a revival of a niche RPG, such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Parasite Eve, or the Chrono series.