Previously working for Quest Company, Yoshida joined Square Co. (which later become Square Enix) in 1995, and frequently collaborating with Yasumi Matsuno and Hitoshi Sakimoto. His most notable contribution would be character design in Final Fantasy Tactics, a strategy-RPG game which is a spin-off of Final Fantasy series. The game was a huge success, and Yoshida was then trusted with the task of designing characters for Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy XII. However, in Final Fantasy XII, he is also playing the role of background design supervisor.
Akihiko Yoshida is known for his distinctive, detailed and often medieval-themed drawings. He prefers the traditional drawing method, which makes him different from other designers which use digital drawing in designing.
|Final Fantasy Tactics||Character Design, Background Art Direction|
|Final Fantasy Tactics Advance||Additional Illustrator|
|Vagrant Story||Character Design|
|Final Fantasy XII||Character Design, Background Design Supervisor|
|Final Fantasy III DS||Character Design|
|Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions||Character Design, Background Art Direction|
|Threads of Fate||Character Illustrator|
|Wild Card||Key Illustrator|
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen||Character Designer|