Yosuke Matsuda
Courtesy of Square Enix
Japan
2021

Square Enix

Yosuke
Matsuda

President

Square Enix has enjoyed a busy year. New co-op RPG “Outriders” released in April, garnering a promising audience of 3.5 million players across multiple platforms as Square Enix mulls franchise potential. The company also released its “Neo” sequel to cult-classic JRPG “The World Ends With You” in July, while “Life Is Strange: True Colors” earned the publisher’s narrative-driven franchise warm reviews. But its biggest release this year was October’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which followed an “Avengers” game in 2020 that has been a frequent seller throughout 2021. Disney still partners with other publishers, but Square Enix’s flagship “Kingdom Hearts” franchise has long licensed Disney IP as well, making it imperative for Matsuda to ensure the company continues selling Marvel games.

Career

  • Square Enix
  • TOMB RAIDER
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Yosuke Matsuda

Yosuke Matsuda

Publisher of the “Tomb Raider,” “Dragon Quest,” and “Final Fantasy” franchises, Japanese company Square Enix releases AAA games for console, PC and mobile. With Matsuda at the helm since 2013, 2020 saw a massive highlight in “Final Fantasy VII Remake,” which released in April to critical acclaim as a rejuvenated audience of gamers new and old rushed to play the remake of what is considered by many to be the signature title in the “Final Fantasy” series and a true...

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