The news was revealed on the company’s Japanese recruitment page – translated by Siliconera – which reveals that the veteran Capcom designer made the switch last year and will be “Battle Director” for the new “AAA” title.
Suzuki was most recently a designer for Devil May Cry 5, game design lead for Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and gameplay lead for Dragon’s Dogma.
During his 20-year Capcom career, the designer has also worked on the Marvel vs Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK fighting game series.
In an interview on Square Enix’s recruitment page, Suzuki reportedly noted that because more modern RPGs have incorporated action elements, increasing internal tools and talent to develop those types of systems was increasingly necessary.
Suzuki reportedly added that turn-based “command battle” games were often thought of as “old-style”, and suggested younger players raised on first-person shooters may not enjoy these more static methods.
The interview closed with a brief message from Suzuki to potential Square Enix applicants: “Aim for the top in both RPG and Action”.