Final Fantasy creator contemplating retirement

Hironobu Sakaguchi says that he may end his storied career after the completion of Mistwalker's The Last Story for the Wii this year.

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In January, Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker announced its latest role-playing game, The Last Story for the Wii. The game's title may be more literal than first thought, as the Final Fantasy creator has updated his studio's official blog to say that he's got a feeling that it will be his last.

The Last Story might be Sakaguchi's, umm, final fantasy.

"This is a title that myself and the development staff are putting 120 percent of our energy into," Sakuguchi said, according to a translation by Andria Sang. "I'm fully pouring everything into this one title, and the feeling of it maybe being my last title is strong."

Sakaguchi's reputation was cemented with the creation of Square's Final Fantasy, the first installment of which arrived for the NES in Japan in 1987. Following Square Enix's purchase of Eidos in April 2009, the publisher said that the Final Fantasy franchise had sold more than 85 million units. That figure has since inflated thanks to the solid performance of Final Fantasy XIII, which had sold some 5.5 million units by May 2010.

However, the famed game designer has experienced less success after breaking away from Square in 2004 to form Mistwalker. The studio's first project, Blue Dragon for the Xbox 360, received a tepid critical reception in the west. Mistwalker's second Xbox 360 project, Lost Odyssey, scored significantly better with critics, while the company's DS RPG Away: Shuffle Dungeon did not.

As for The Last Story, the first trailer for which debuted earlier this month (seen below), the action role-playing game is expected to arrive in Japan later this year.

Discussion

237 comments
Kitsukage
Kitsukage

I'd not looked at anything until now about this game, and was planning on getting it anyway, but looking at how beautiful the game is in the trailer, I'm pretty much cemented when it comes to purchasing it, when it's released over here. I just hope NoE stick to their guns (and don't act all wussy like NoA), now that Xenoblade Chronicles is coming out in a few days.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Good. Retire.Maybe the games will get better. Still boggles my mind why Square doesn't care to make a bajillion dollars with an HD remix of Final Fantasy VII. Yeah, I know, it's cliche. But I'd like to play it again with modernized graphics, so the visuals can at least match to the depth and seriousness of the story/music.

lalalei
lalalei

this is probably one of the last wii games i'll get, or at least for a long time. hardly anything worthwhile comes out for me...

Glitchhawk
Glitchhawk

"In July 2010, Sakaguchi announced on Mistwalker's blog that The Last Story may be the final title of his career. However, this turned out to be a translation error in which he meant that he was working on this as if it was his last game." glad to hear it. he owns.

winrehs_007
winrehs_007

I think I need to buy Wii for this game. It so happens that I understand Japanese.

hellpolice
hellpolice

Nintendo needs to localized it in America!

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Does this mean Final Fantasy VII will be his swan song?

Vekit
Vekit

Somehow,only watching the trailer and listenning to music theme, The nostalgical feeling of what final fantasy series used to be brings whole horde of happiness to me. I'll buy this game,for the sake's sakaguchi ,nubuo uematsu. For the sake of how MUCH i was once ,adored FF series badly and how great it was ,before SQ became SQ-EX

jason4774
jason4774

gameplay looks promising. hoping the story is as good, cause if it is, this game could be a real winner. honestly, IMO, neither Square nor Sakaguchi have hit a 'home run' since the two parted ways almost a decade ago, and i couldn't honestly care if Square ever does again. I would LOVE to see Sakaguchi finally find that project that is able to connect to his audience in a meaningful way again, cause his games seem to connect in a deep, and resounding way few other games can, almost like a memory you can't forget, or a dream you had when you were a kid. I'll be buying a Wii to play this one.

kill_ayeka
kill_ayeka

Whew... just a rumor. but SERIOUSLY! BUY HIS GAMES PEOPLE!!!! LOST ODYSSEY=BEST 360 GAME EVER!!!

pao0714
pao0714

can someone tell me if this game is going to be just in japanese version, or it will be in english for north america too? cause this game looks great, and if is coming from Mr. sakaguchi, definitely i will reserve it...

CTBradums
CTBradums

It's not true. It was revealed to be a misinterpreted translation. He clarified it after being questioned, and stated that he wasn't saying he was working on this as his last game, he was saying he's "working on it as if it was his last project".

Vekit
Vekit

I want WII because of this title

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

Why? first off before he retires he needs to make Lost Odyssey 2 and put The Last Story on the Xbox 360 as well!

mkDSpro63
mkDSpro63

'The Last Story' is his final project? Man, what a classy way to go :P

o0MrCheesy0o
o0MrCheesy0o

Wow, graphics look awesome for the Wii O_o

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

THis man has been creating games for a long time, and is responsible for one of the greatest games in history. If he wants to sit by a pool, drinking a cocktail and taking a well deserved rest with his friends and loved ones. Let him!

durtyDoubleD
durtyDoubleD

@jrxbond Agreed. They REALLY REALLY need to go back to the roots of Final Fantasy, to the classics. Hope he doesn't retire though.

dretos_uchiha
dretos_uchiha

put FF to bed after the next online we know whos his favorite child is

jamyskis
jamyskis

Just as an addendum: According to Eurogamer.de, the claim that Sakaguchi was planning on entering retirement is due to a mistranslation from his original blog entry and that in fact he is not contemplating retirement yet.

emoticedmar
emoticedmar

:( legends are never to be forgotten :(

Ike55
Ike55

I think that game won't do as well on the wii. The only good wii games have Zelda Mario or Super Smash Bros. in the name. And wasn't Final Fantasy supposed to be his FINAL fantasy game?... just saying.

Falcon084
Falcon084

I wonder if we are going to see The Last Story XIII. After all the name Final Fantasy comes from what was going to be his final fantasy that was a bigger sucsess than her dreamed of.

jamyskis
jamyskis

Just to add - he did do one thing wrong in his career - his choice of company name (Mistwalker) is a bit unfortunate for the German market, as the word means "turd churner" in German. :)

jamyskis
jamyskis

I say good luck to him if he decides to go through with it - he's had a long and prestigious career, and his work will be remembered for years to come. Few people can truly claim to have created a work of art that has affected the lives and childhoods of as many people.

mrnice2k6
mrnice2k6

"Dynamo11 Posted Jul 18, 2010 10:16 pm GMT Good he's games were crap" What a Troll..do us a favor Dynamo11...go away..faar away! Mr.Sakaguchi you'll be sadly missed

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

All I can say is, if the rumor is true, "Farewell to a legend".

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Good he's games were crap

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

game is looking awesome. too bad i won't have a chance to play it because i refuse to get a Wii. HOWEVER i am happy to see Wii getting another potential good game. ^_^

edant79
edant79

Sad news for gamers.... It was sad when he left Square way back when, and the same will be true with Mistwalker. It would be nice if he made one more game like Last Odyssey before he goes.

Abecale
Abecale

Its already been confirmed it was just poorly translated by some fail dude. What actually said was "Our team is putting 120% into this game, Emotionally it feels like my last project"....Keep up gamespot.

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

If they are gonna make one very last final fantasy... It better be like FF6. Only if so will i be satisfied [please dont start saying it should be like FF7 because FF6 was way better executed in every single manner possible]

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

@fetusfart18: Yeah, but those fanboys do this to EVERY non mario/zelda/metroid exclusive to Wii. Look at Goldeneye for Wii, same situation.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Ah so that's why it's called "The last story" Me sad now...

jrxbond
jrxbond

He should just go back to his original premise of Final Fantasy and expand the depth of each element of that story without enhancing it with pop culture bull. I love Final Fantasy in its original setting but I hate this hype version from FF10 and up.

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

He's also gone back to Nintendo which is where he started the FF series with Square. I smell Irony.

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

"I don't think I have what it takes to make a good action game. I think I'm better at telling good story." You've not only done that you've created some of the greatest games I've ever played. Thank you, Hironobu, for 20+ years of outstanding games. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

ssjbryando
ssjbryando

Who cares if its on the Wii, the best final fantasy's were on the freaking ps2 and ps1 Imo lol. But noooo, I don't want this to be his last. Isn't he working on 14/versus 13/Kh as well? might be a stupid question. But I hope this title is good =]

somedude342
somedude342

=O!!! his last game?!?!!? omg wow....this title must end up being legendary....

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Wow. This is the first time I've seen the trailer, and it looks awesome. The Wii is really getting my attention....

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

NOOOOOOOOOO!!! And @bbkkristian, FFXIII was a bit of a disappointment to alot of fans, so maybe that's where their coming from with that...

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Well, I would prefer he makes one more and hopefully gets it right this time. Please, save my favorite RPG series from itself!!! The series has really gone down the tubes over the years. I think the only ones I really liked were FF1-FF8, FF10 (FF10-2 was alright, but it was a mini-game hell), and i kind of enjoyed the story to FF13; but the game play was overly frustrating and not nearly as fun as the other games I mentioned.

Marineb0i
Marineb0i

Well I'm just saying he could make it multi-platform.

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

The PS3/360 fanboys shouldn't be saying that it should be on their system. Okay, they got Final Fantasy XIII, and now their Whining about Hironobu making his final game for Wii. Those fanboys can't let the Wii have anything, huh?

Marineb0i
Marineb0i

@widdowson91 The Wii can limit you BECAUSE of its lower power. Strange example, but you can only jump as high as your ceiling allows you. Like I already said, if you have a great storyline and gameplay mechanics, the next step to immersing players even deeper into your world is to make it have amazing visuals and audio. I never said anything about putting graphics before story and gameplay, I said, if he knows he's got those aspects down solid, he should also take the energy to polish the look, especially when he says, "I'm fully pouring everything into this one title." And I don't let games run my life either. Letting a game run your life means you put everything else on hold just to play it. I'm saying, a gamer is one that spends a large portion of his FREE TIME on games rather than say, watch tv. I consider myself a gamer, but I know I'm not hardcore. And before you say I only care about graphics, you're wrong. When I play games, my main focus is on the game's storyline and mechanics. The only games I've never finished are the ones that lack in those departments.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Wow the last story it all sounds like the end for the awesome creator. T_T

widdowson91
widdowson91

@Marineb0i: Also, I forgot... I don't play games all the time. You say casual players only play them if they aren't doing anything else, and I'm like this, so does this make me not a gamer? No of course not, I just don't let games run my life.