It's always rather exciting when two companies with strong track records and heritage team up on a collaborative project, and that's just what's happening with Mistwalker and Silicon Studio.
Silicon Studio is well known as a company with a strong technological foundation, but has also shown its development capabilities with the excellent Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer on 3DS. Mistwalker, on the other hand, was founded by Final Fantasy creator in Hironobu Sakaguchi back in 2004. Though its most recent title - Terra Battle - was on smart devices, Mistwalker was behind The Last Story on Wii, which is certainly remembered fondly.
Now they're teaming up on a new project, with Silicon Studio bringing its technology and project management expertise and Mistwalker contributing to the creative aspects of the project. No game title or platforms have been confirmed, though some handsome art was included with the press release.
It'll be interesting to see what this partnership brings, and whether the history of both companies working on Nintendo hardware will boost the chances of a release on the big N's systems.
[source siliconstudio.co.jp, via siliconera.com]
Colour me interested! There's a good chance this will make it into Nintendo system(s)!
I like that artwork. I like it a lot.
Artwork looks similar to some of The Last Story artwork I've seen.
An NX game would be great, though it'll also be pretty risky for them, too. PC and PS4 would be the safest and likely best choices for them, though I believe Sakaguchi has said that he never wants to work on Sony systems ever again. Vita would also be pretty nice....
3DS is a likely choice due to how popular it is, though I wouldn't want this collaboration to be severely inhibited by the 3DS's severe lack of power and super low resolution screen.
A Last Story/Bravely Default collaboration would be pretty epic. No doubt it'll end up on the 3DS at the very least.
That art has been floating around for quite a while now.
Check out this OLD article from Kotaku:
This has the potential to be really good.
I thought Silicone Studio had to close because of that Too Human and X-men Destiny problem?
@Xaessya You're thinking of silicon knights, the creators of eternal darkness on the Gamecube and the infamously bad x-men game. Silicon studios are the group responsible for bravely default, and I believe are based in Japan
3DS or Nintendo's new system... just do it!
That art scream The Last Story and it's absolutely gorgeous. Looks like you control dragons... cool!
"Curious...very curious." -Mr. Ollivander, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone
The Last Story 2? (come on it is not the most ironic sequel Sakaguchi would have ever done).
I look forward to it as Silicon Studios and Mistwalker are two of my favorite JRPG studios and Mistwalker has proven they can do classic JRPG games very well with the criminally ignored Lost Oddessy, so I have no doubt in my mind they will make a great team.
Colour me intrigued, but I won't get my hopes up until Nintendo release has been confirmed.
This is great news. I really hope they release this as a home console game, though, rather than a handheld. I love Bravely Default, but I would love it even more if it were on the Wii U. I'd love an RPG like that to play on TV, they're far too rare these days.
I thought the Bravely games were made by Square Enix?
I'll buy anything Mistwalker sells. Lost Odyssey is one of my favorite RPGs of recent gens.
@Operative Oh, hue hue hue.
That clears things up.
Mmmm... not so sure I'm all that interested. I wasn't too big on Last Story (though it did eventually get its hooks into me), and I never did play the Bravely games. I'm starting to angle away from traditional turn-based RPGs; they tend to drag a bit too much for me nowadays. If it was an action-based RPG like Last Story though, I might be persuaded to give it a shot. Of course, it'll have to actually come to a Nintendo system first, and who knows if that'll happen... though I guess both of those studios do have a decent relationship with Ninty, so I suppose it should be pretty likely. Guess we'll have to wait and see...
Also, I'm not so sold on that artwork. It looks fine as a piece of standalone art, but as an actual character design it's a bit overly complex. He looks like he could barely move in that getup...
This is the console version of Terra Battle. Check out their download campaign graphic to see the image they used for the 2 million downloads achievement. http://terrabattle.wikia.com/wiki/Download_Starter
Wow, I recognized the art-style from The last story's design artist immediately! He makes some lovely images with a touch of jugendstill. The artwork seems to have quite a serious and mature tone to it. Let's hope for some 18+ stuff. I'm really hyped now since Bravely default and The last story are my favorite jrpg's ever. Now we just need Monolith Soft to make a perfect trio.
I'm definitely getting some The Last Story vibes from the art ( from the hands, forearms, weapons, boots, and weird fabric hanging to the side to be specific). I wouldn't mind seeing them expand on what they did in that game, I'd probably be Day One on it.
@AVahne Same here, I really hope they don't release it on the 3DS, it just wouldn't do the game justice.
I want an action RPG on a Nintendo console (or at least PS4 for when I buy one) with a similar style to The Last Story - such an awesome game. The one thing I would like improved on The Last Story is more open areas to explore rather than just the one town.
I don't think this will come to 3DS or Wii U due to how early in development this appears to be in. I think this has a shot to being on any of Nintendo's next gen systems.
It definitely looks very Last Story-ish. I wish they'd make TLS into a franchise.
Well both companies got a good track record whit rpg so if it comes out on a nintendo system i will be picking up my copy on the first day it released
Whatever it is, please put it on a nintendo system.
@Peace-Boy I think Square helped with some of the development. But for the most part Silicone Studio is the main developer.
If it's just beginning, there's a good chance this could be an NX title.
Both developers' latest release (aside from mobile gaming) has been on a Nintendo platform- Last Story (Wii) and Bravely Second (3DS).
I've been waiting for this day- Sakaguchi is back in the game ladies and gentlemen!
Mist Walker is awesome. I will eat it up. Yum.
Yes that concept art is awesome. it doeas scream Last Story. it even resembles Dagran (you can see my avatar). It would be awesome to have a spiritual succesor to the Last Story, or even direct sequel, and obviously on a nintendo platform. With this and the Final Fantasy VII and XV rumours i'm excited to see if NX turns out to be the JRPG console of next generation.
Seeing as I am currently playing through Bravely Default and loving it you can bet I am keeping an eye on this collaboration. Here is hoping it's another gem of a game!
Oh yeah? I love Mistwalker! If they released Last Story on the New 3ds I would snatch that up so fast. Last Story kind of felt under appreciated when in fact it was great. Anyway would love to see another game from Mistwalker.
I sure wouldn't be mad at Mistwalker for double dipping Last Story to the New 3ds
Please be on a nintendo system whatever you are
NX seems likely, even if it turns out to be a multiplat release. NX dev kits are out in the wild, and this project's just getting started. The companies have track records of working on Nintendo hardware. Seems like a safe bet.
I would be very excited if this is The Last Story 2. I remember Sakaguchi says he wants to explore more of the world in The Last Story with future installments, hopefully this is one of them.
Nice artwork! I still have to finish the Last story someday though (and Pandora's tower).
Sweet! I really hope this means they're planning a console/handheld release and not just another mobile title (thought Terra Battle is good). I'm eager to see what these folks end up collaborating on.
Concept art =/= final game art basis
That said, it has a very Fist of the North Star manga style to it... If you know what I mean. (If you don't, it means a blatant appeal to manliness/badassery.)
Sakaguchi seems much more composed with this style of game, though. I was worried that his failure to direct Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 broke him, but it seems there was nothing to worry about! He's just not suited to heading MMO projects.
Oh man, this could actually be pretty big. They both have a track record of doing some really asome Nintendo games. Really hope this might indicate some sort of new game like Last Story for the Nintendo Switch.
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