Character designer Akihiko Yoshida has left Square Enix.
Yoshida-san’s works include Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XIV, and Bravely Default. It’s been said that he will be working on the sequel to Bravely Default, Bravely Second. It’s unknown at this time whether or not he’ll still be involved with FFXIV in a freelance capacity or not.
Update 12/11: It has been confirmed via the FFXIV official forums that Akihiko Yoshida will continue to work on A Realm Reborn.