Tetsuya Takahashi

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Tetsuya Takahashi
Tetsuya Takahashi.jpg
Born 1966-11-18 (Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan)
Japanese name 高橋 哲哉
Gender Male
Role Director
Scenario writer
Story writer
President (Monolith Soft)
Affiliations Nihon Falcom (1988–1990)
Square (1990–1999)
Monolith Soft (1999–present)
Contributions Xenogears
Xenosaga Episode I
Xenosaga Episode II
Xenosaga: Pied Piper
Xenosaga I & II
Xenosaga Episode III
Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Torna ~ The Golden Country
Future Connected
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Future Redeemed

Tetsuya Takahashi is a Japanese video game developer and director. He is the main director of the Xeno series and has contributed to the development of essentially all games and media associated with the series. He is married to Soraya Saga.


Takahashi was born on the 18th of November, 1966 in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. He entered the video game industry as an artist at Nihon Falcom after he had spent all his tuition money on a PC Engine.[1] He first worked on Star Trader and then on hirst first RPG - Ys III: Wanderers from Ys.[2] For some games such as Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes, he worked together with Kunihiko Tanaka as artists. After several years working with Nihon Falcom, he joined Squaresoft in 1990, initially as an artist again. While there, he worked on several games such as Final Fantasy VI before being assigned a team to work on his own game, which would become Xenogears.

In 2001, after the release of Xenogears, Takahashi left Square and formed Monolith Soft, in large part due to his ambitious goals for the Xenogears franchise being unattainable at Square. During this period, he worked on the Xenosaga series as well as other games such as Soma Bringer.

Monolith Soft was acquired by Nintendo in 2007. At this time Takahashi began work on the Xenoblade Chronicles series; he has continued to work on the series until the present day.

Relevance to the Xeno series[edit]

Beyond being the concept writer and director for almost all of the games in the Xeno series, Takahashi has contributed substantially to other aspects of the games' development. The following is a list of his contributions for each game.


Xenosaga Episode I[edit]

Xenosaga Episode II[edit]

  • Original Author
  • Supervisor

Xenosaga: Pied Piper[edit]

  • Story Writer

Xenosaga I & II[edit]

  • Scenario Writer

Xenosaga Episode III[edit]

  • Author
  • Music Coordinator
  • Supervisor of Scenario and Database

Xenoblade Chronicles[edit]

Xenoblade Chronicles X[edit]

  • Concept
  • Executive Director

Xenoblade Chronicles 2[edit]

Torna ~ The Golden Country[edit]

Xenoblade Chronicles 3[edit]

Future Redeemed[edit]

  • Concept
  • Executive Director
  • Scenario Writer
  • Lyricist (Future Awaits)

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Star Trader[edit]

  • Artwork

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys[edit]

  • Monster graphics designer

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes[edit]

  • Artist


  • Graphic design
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Final Fantasy III[edit]

  • Debugger (not credited)

Final Fantasy IV[edit]

  • Battle graphics designer

Romancing SaGa[edit]

  • Field map designer

Final Fantasy V[edit]

  • Field graphics designer

Final Fantasy VI[edit]

  • Graphics director

Front Mission[edit]

  • Graphics designer

Chrono Trigger[edit]

  • Graphics director

Soma Bringer[edit]

  • Producer
  • Lead game designer

Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier[edit]

  • Staff

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Senior supervisor

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

  • Senior supervisor

Project X Zone 2[edit]

  • Supervisor
  • Cooperation

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

  • Original game supervisor



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