Native name 野村 哲也
Born October 8, 1970 (age 46)
Kōchi Prefecture
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Video game artist, director and designer at Square Enix

Tetsuya Nomura is a game director and graphic designer from Kochi Prefecture in Japan.


He currently works for Square Enix, directing various Final Fantasy games, the entirety of Kingdom Hearts and character designs.316645-square-enix-logo.jpgSquaresoft originally hired him as a debugger (a person or a computer program that assists in the detection and correction of errors in computer programs) to work on Final Fantasy IV.


He moved on to graphic designing for the subsequent two games, as well as several other RPG games for the Super Nintendo. His employer approached him to do character designs for Final Fantasy VII.


The game succeeded in becoming the definitive game of the PlayStation, and he would go on to design characters in subsequent games, succeeding the previous designer Yoshitaka Amano.


Nomura advanced to a directing role when Disney and Square Enix joined forces to develop the Kingdom Hearts series.

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He has directed all the games in the series, as well as designing the characters, concepts, and base stories to go with them. He has also worked in the animation field, directing Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and supervising Last Order. Nomura was director of the much-anticipated Final Fantasy XV until December 2013, when he stepped down in favour of Hajime Tabata in order to concentrate on Kingdom Hearts III.