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Daisuke Watanabe
Born (1974-03-11) March 11, 1974 (age 49)
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Occupation video game writer at Square Enix.

Daisuke Watanabe (渡辺 大祐, Watanabe Daisuke) is a Japanese video game writer employed by Square Enix. He is mostly known for his work on the role-playing video game series Final Fantasy and the action RPG series Kingdom Hearts.


Watanabe first became interested in writing in junior high school in 1988, after reading the Wizardry novel Tonariawase no Hai to Seishun by Benny Matsuyama. Before he joined Square, Watanabe wrote manga novelizations. Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy game that he worked on as scenario writer. Among others, he was responsible for the dialog in the Zanarkand Ruins which he almost wrote in one single night. He joined the Final Fantasy XIII team in early 2004 but left it again about half a year later. He instead became part of the Final Fantasy XII development team in November 2004. The original scenario writer Yasumi Matsuno left that project in August 2005 due to sickness. Hiroshi Minagawa, the co-director of Final Fantasy XII, expressed his regrets that many of the story ideas by Watanabe had to be dropped so the game could meet the deadline for the release. In March 2006, Watanabe rejoined the Final Fantasy XIII team after Kazushige Nojima and Motomu Toriyama had conceived a mythology and story for the game, respectively. He was shown a rough outline of the plot until chapter eight and was asked by Toriyama to flesh things out and to correct how it would all connect. Watanabe decided how Toriyama's rudimentary cutscene ideas should play out, wrote the script and adjusted the personality of each character to emphasize what the story tried to express. He said that the Final Fantasy XIII series was an exhausting project with little time to breathe and that his feelings toward it were "complicated". Watanabe not only wrote the scripts for the games but also a three-part novella titled Final Fantasy XIII Reminiscence: tracer of memories that was published in the Japanese game magazine Famitsu.


Game Released System(s) Credit(s)
Threads of Fate 1999 PlayStation Scenario writer
Final Fantasy X 2001 PlayStation 2 Scenario planner, scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts 2002 PlayStation 2 Scenario writer
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 PlayStation 2 Scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories 2004 Game Boy Advance Scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 PlayStation 2 Scenario text planner
Final Fantasy XII 2006 PlayStation 2 Scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories 2007 PlayStation 2 Scenario
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 2007 Nintendo DS Special thanks
Dissidia: Final Fantasy 2008 PlayStation Portable Scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days 2009 Nintendo DS Scenario supervisor
Final Fantasy XIII 2009 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Lead scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 2010 PlayStation Portable Scenario plot
Kingdom Hearts coded 2009–2010 Mobile phone Scenario writer
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded 2010 Nintendo DS Scenario supervisor
Front Mission Evolved 2010 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Scriptwriter
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Lead scenario writer
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Lead scenario writer
Mobius Final Fantasy 2015-2020 iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows Lead scenario writer
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2017 PlayStation 4 Scenario advisor
Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary 2017 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita Scenario supervisor
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