Tetsuya Nomura

aka: 野村 哲也, のむら てつや
Moby ID: 33342

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Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也) was born October 8, 1970 in Kōchi, Japan. Before working for Square as character designer, he was at a vocational school creating art for advertisements. In 1992, Square hired him to work on the battle graphics of Final Fantasy V and then as graphic director in 1994 for Final Fantasy VI. In 1996, a game project called Silent Chaos (which was originally the sequel of Dark Earth) was stopped after several months of development, and became a PlayStation game, developed in collaboration with Square. The characters, designed by François Rimasson at the beginning, were re-designed later by Tetsuya Nomura; but the project was never completed, and Silent Chaos was cancelled in November 1999, after two and a half years of development.

Nomura's first major breakthrough came in 1997, when Square asked him to become character designer for Final Fantasy VII. In 1998, he worked on both Parasite Eve and Brave Fencer Musashi. The following year he impressed his superiors with his realistic character design in Final Fantasy VIII. He was given not only the job of character designer but also of battle visual director.

Square then asked him to work on several other projects and decided to choose him to be character designer for their first game on PlayStation 2 (The Bouncer) and then for their first Final Fantasy installment on that console (Final Fantasy X). He continued working on Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games.

Credited on 103 games

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Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth (2024, PlayStation 5) Creative Director
Super Mario RPG (2023, Nintendo Switch) Character Supervisor
Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line (2023, Nintendo Switch) Creative Director
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Reunion (2022, PlayStation 5) Creative Director & Character Designer
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (2022, PlayStation 5) Concept & Creative Producer & Character Design
Final Fantasy VI (2022, Windows) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy VII: Remake - Intergrade (2021, Windows) Director
Final Fantasy XIV Online: Endwalker (2021, PlayStation 5) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier (2021, iPhone) Creative Director
Final Fantasy V (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy IV (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy II (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy III (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
NEO: The World Ends with You (2021, PlayStation 4) Creative Producer
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (2020, PlayStation 4) Director
Final Fantasy VII: Remake (2020, PlayStation 4) Director & Concept Design
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (2020, iPhone) Special Thanks
Kingdom Hearts III: Re:Mind (2020, PlayStation 4) Director
Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered (2019, Xbox One) Character Design

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