Something seems to be going on behind the scenes with the Dragon Quest series, and it doesn’t seem good.

Back in February, Dragon Quest series producer Ryota Aomi took to Twitter to announce that he left Square Enix. It was a somewhat shocking announcement, and now that’s being followed up by another major departure.

Dragon Quest series chief producer Ryutaro Ichimura has also announced that they’re leaving Square Enix. Ichimura shared a note on Twitter about his departure, which you can read below.

“I’ve started to count how many more games I’ll be able to make in my lifetime. …we have to carefully consider each title we make. Once I can reset and reflect, I’d like to leave this blessed environment, and explore what can be made if I dare to push myself into a higher-risk environment.”

[Ryutaro Ichimura]

Two big names gone from the Dragon Quest team in the matter of weeks. Are there more departures on the way, or was this nothing more than a coincidence?

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