Hironobu Sakaguchi is something of a legend in Japanese video game circles. He created Final Fantasy - arguably one of the most popular franchises to emerge from the Land of the Rising Sun - and has also been involved with classics such as Super Mario RPG, Xenogears, Blue Dragon and The Last Story.
Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio is currently working on smartphones via his Terra Battle series, but has expressed an interest in moving back to consoles at some point, perhaps even with the third Terra Battle title.
Speaking to Forbes, Sakaguchi said:
...I do want to develop games on console again at some point. We're even working on Terra Battle 3 right now and maybe console will be the right fit for that. Just because we are developing heavily on mobile right now doesn't mean we have completely left console behind. After all, the Nintendo Switch is a very good piece of hardware.
The success of the Switch - and the unique possibilities it offers - is attracting a lot of developer support, so it's hardly surprising that Sakaguchi is interested. Still, getting a developer of his talent on board would be amazing; let's hope this is more than just a platitude and the man behind Final Fantasy really is going to bring something to Switch.
TLS port and sequel please?
The Last story did not get enough love. It was fantastic.
Delighted to hear this guy is willing to work on Switch!
i like the idea of porting The Last Story and Lost Odyssey on Switch .....i dont the idea of any Terra Battle coming to Switch ....
i think Sakaguchi wants to make Terra Battle as his successor to Final Fantasy, but i dont think the franchise is very interesting ...Terra Battles are just for mobiles and even not for the whole globe
Which is the real final fantasy? If it's really final, why are there so many of them? Is The Last Story really the last one too?
Id buy it.
@Nincompoop Final Fantasy is called Final Fantasy only because Final Fantasy sounds good and Sakaguchi wanted to name his new game with acronym FF ....Final Fantasy was meant to be called Fighting Fantasy but there already was the series with this name
@Snaplocket his new brand is called Terra Battle
Give us the 360's Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey remastered for the Switch. They are criminally underrepresented games, likely due to the fact they only saw life on the 360. A pack with those two games in it should suffice just fine, thank you. (Let me dream.)
I say bring Terra Battle 3 to Switch, watch it sell than develop a The Last Story 2.
We will never see Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey on Switch. That said, I have them on Xbox One and that's worth the purchase alone. We could, however, see a remaster of The Last Story.
The Last Story teamster would be nice.
The last story sequel and/or origin story AND a HD remake of the original with some extra content.
Me wishing for old ports will surprise nobody at this point, so... The Last Story? XD Seriously. Got to try a bit of it on a time cafe Wii U recently, left hungry for more.
Maybe even Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon unless Microsoft outright co-funded those to keep exclusive rights.
Sakaguchi, you scamp.
You guys read my mind. We so need a Last Story port on Switch. I'm so sad I missed it on Wii.
@BlackenedHalo Also it was supposed to be his Final game as he was going bust
The Last Story was such an underappreciated game, it deserves a second chance.
Yes please! I love so many games where Mr. Sakaguchi was involved and always hold out hope that he'll pop up talking about something new. Would love to see Mistwalker and Monolith Soft team up for a brand new franchise or at least get The Last Story on Switch.
Haven't had a try at Terra Battle 2 yet, here's hoping the stop-motion TB3 is coming to all consoles.
Garbage. It's called final fantasy because the original was supposed to be the developers last game ever after other fantasy games they made failed and lost lots of money, they decided to finish this particular game and named it final fantasy as a good bye but it went on to be huge and the rest is history
The Last Story 2, please! Although I'll just be happy with a remaster of the first at this point. Awesome game, very underappreciated.
I believe the picture in the article is from a Mega64 video.
Yes it is:
Last Story 2 or riot!
Everyone saying the last story.
The only good thing about remaking/porting it
would be the online servers alive again to play pvp, that was fun as hell.
but in all honesty I'd like a new franchise exclusive to nintendo...
yeah, a man can dream! xD
If he is going to work on something i want a sequel to mario RPG! If that happends i buy a second switch lol.
Interest is one thing, starting something is another.
It's time for the rest of the world that missed (or probably never even heard of) The Last Story to have a 2nd time around, and for all I care, The Last Story 2 could make my day. Very fun, very underrated game. Not the greatest game in the world, but definitely worthy of a play.
If he hasn't even started anything would we even see it in this consoles lifespan? RPGs take a lot of time and money to make.
Last Story HD seems plausible enough. Sucks we got no form of it on Wii U.
The Last Story 2 and another Blue Dragon for Switch would be great or he could create a brand new RPG to compete with Final Fantasy and Octopath Travelers.
@XenoShaun His games are much smaller in general in his indie days. I don't think he's doing epic RPGs anymore this decade.... He ditched Square-Enix for creative control, but he lost S-E sized budgets and teams of course.
Iirc, we were supposedly getting a version of FFV, correct? I hope it isn't the mobile bs on Android.
I want Last Story 2.
Oh boy I wish he does bring something to the Switch.
That January Direct can't come any sooner.
In that picture he looks like a man who has just completed a 'bank transfer' to the incorrect account number.
"The Last Story teamster would be nice".
you mean the Jimmy Hoffa Story?
@SayGuh Lol, auto type got the better of me. I meant "remaster". Though I like the idea of a sequel, too.
I still have my special edition copy of Last Story. I love playing that game bringing it to the switch would be great. I remember when Iwatasan did the interview with the Dev, a lot of their ideas did come to fruition because of the Wii’s limitations.
The Last Story was a great game. I'd like to see a sequel where you can explore more instead of being limited to the one town hub area.
Gamers blow my mind. An incredibly talented developer talks about the system and their first thought is "Bring a game we can already play elsewhere here!". Just play the game over there! Why wouldn't you want him to create new experiences? I honestly wish ports we're never even invented. The industry would have so many more games. It's a shame. People want 15 versions of the same thing. Makes no sense.
Oh wow how about a re-release of Last Story and clean it up a bit on Switch? Man that would be awesome along with new releases. Last Story flew under the radar a bit, but it sure had that Wow factor. Really just a beautiful game
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