Yasumi Matsuno joins Level-5

Producer and director of Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre shares details about upcoming game.


The last time we heard of acclaimed game producer and director Yasumi Matsuno, he was involved with the PSP version of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together alongside the game's original staff members. The latest issue of Famitsu recently revealed that the famous developer will be joining Level-5, the company behind the Professor Layton series and will be making a new game with the company.

According to the interview conducted by the magazine, the reason Matsuno joined the company was he felt the appeal of the company from games like the Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven series. He also said that he shares a common vision with the company CEO Akihiro Hino, and he added that he wishes to learn the company's sense and ideas stemming from the aforementioned titles. The CEO stated in the interview that he intended to get Matsuno on board right after the Japanese release of the Tactics Ogre remake on the PSP.

Matsuno said that he's been given free reign in terms of making games at Level-5 (image credit: Square Haven)
Matsuno said that he's been given free reign in terms of making games at Level-5 (image credit: Square Haven)

Matsuno also said that Hino has given him free reign to do "whatever he felt like doing" and something "Matsuno-ish." Details on Matsuno's first title under the new company are vague. The title will not be an extension of his past works, but it will be created with the same scope and caliber as Tactics Ogre. He also hinted that his new title will cater to fans of his work, as well as by kids. He does not plan to spend two years to produce the upcoming title, as Hino elaborated further that new titles will save the industry and that Matsuno and Level-5 must "plow the seeds for those new things."

As a bonus, Matsuno showed off a few illustrations to the interviewers at Famitsu as high-concept teasers of his upcoming project. One of them was a knight holding a large shield, while the other was a group of four units: a rapier-wielder, an axe-bearer, a sorcerer, and an archer. The artwork was done by Hideo Minaba and Yuka Miyamoto, who were involved in the art direction of Final Fantasy XII and other Square Enix titles. Neither Matsuno nor Level-5 has revealed the release window and target platform of the upcoming game.

Yasumi Matsuno began his video game career at former Japanese company Quest where he created Conquest of the Crystal Palace for the NES and the Ogre Battle series of games on the Super Nintendo. He was more renowned for joining Square Enix (known as Squaresoft back then) and creating Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story for the PlayStation One, both of which received critical acclaim from reviewers and gamers.

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wow this article is old but Yasumi is the best developer

for me ever Thanks for giving us such an awesome game that's FFXII.

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I wish he'll make another Vagrant Story game. I love Vagrant Story....

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Awesome. Maybe Layton games will be out faster now.....

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Awesome, can't wait to see more from him.

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This is fantastic news. Only one sentence in this article that worries me: "He also hinted that his new title will cater to fans of his work, as well as by kids." I really appreciate the mature nature of Matsuno's games, but I'm sure the game will be good either way.

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i hope he makes another Ogre Battle game........curious as to how Level 5 would handle that.

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I hope we get to see some games from this

Avatar image for TheLoneMortal

Matsuno joining Level-5? That's quite a combination.

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Hey you havent finsh up ff15 Verus? But anyway gd luck make a great game with level5 show them how to do a better RPG since last great level5 series Dark Cloud

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Whatever he does will be epic, especially being teamed with Level 5.

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hmm sounds interesting i wonder what type of game it will be?

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Level-5 > Squeenix

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Level-5 was already loaded with talent and in many ways has replaced Square-Enix as the premiere Japanese RPG developer. This just puts another feather in their cap, and the combination of the two is very interesting.

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I can't wait to see what he comes up with. I've been a fan of his since Tactics Ogre for the SNES. If the next game is half as good as Vagrant Story or FFT, it'd be quite awesome.

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All I can say is wow. That is some talent Level 5 now has.

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@FinalKloud: Agreed. The world needs another Dark Cloud game.

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Awesome! This man has made some spectacular games(one being my favorite ever) and i can't wait to see what he puts out at Level-5! Best of luck to you Matsuno-san!

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I would like to see a sequel to Tactics Ogre

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Dark Cloud 3 please!

Avatar image for Raeldor

Sounds like a win for everybody... except Square.

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i like the games level-5 has been putting out actually so i see this as a plus i have always in the past loved square games but they've fallen off the horse more and more lately because they aren't letting their people the freedoms in game making they use too just throwing money at a bad idea doesn't make it work so square has more than enough good people to make a great game if they ever manage to turn their current tread around lets see what he can do outside of that box^~^

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There goes a possible Vagrant Story 2 and possible Tactics Ogre sequels.

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"Do Vagrant Story 2! Just sayin'..." Would be nice, though he stated it won't be an extension of former work, so probably no. I'm glad to see though that they want to try something new. It's something the gaming world really needs, not another Thisgame 2, 3, 4, 5, or 102030450234

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Very cool.

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Do Vagrant Story 2! Just sayin'...