Square Enix announced on Friday that Hideo Baba, head of Studio Istolia and producer of the "Project Prelude Rune" RPG project, resigned from Square Enix at the end of March. Baba also revealed in a statement that he resigned as representative director at Studio Istolia alongside a change in management policies at the end of December. He added that he is grateful for his experiences at Square Enix and will continue to root for the company's growth.
Square Enix did not provide information about the future of Studio Istolia's "Project Prelude Rune" game. A trailer for the game revealed in September that the game is being developed with Unreal Engine for PlayStation 4. Square Enix unveiled the project when it established Studio Istolia with Baba as its head in February 2017.
Baba previously worked as brand manager and producer for the Tales RPG series. He began working on Namco's (later Bandai Namco Entertainment's) series with the PlayStation 2 version of Tales of Destiny in 2006. His next game in the series, Tales of Innocence, saw him become the series' producer until Tales of Zestiria in 2015.