Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Thoughts On The Economy

By Spencer . March 18, 2009 . 9:01pm

image The economy is bad. Times are tough for video game developers. These things have been said a billion times before. Let’s hear what Mistwalker founder Hironobu Sakaguchi has to say about the economic mess.


On the Mistwalker blog he writes, “These days I feel the hard economic times are a kind act for the planet to restrain human activity. Economic activity is as important as blood flowing. However, the blood should be flowing smoothly, which I suppose means the quality of what flows in that stream must be as important.”


Sounds kind of like a past Final Fantasy plot doesn’t it? Mistwalker’s situation, in particular, can’t be too rosy with Away: Shuffle Dungeon slashed to $10 three months after it came out here. The studio still presses forward with a new Blue Dragon game and mystery project Sakaguchi says he will give his all.

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  • ECM

    Sounds kind of like a past Final Fantasy plot doesn’t it?

    If by that you mean “utter nonsense”, yes, I agree.

    • Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh :)

  • Mazen

    Even thought what he said gives a FF7 vibe I think the bad games that are filling stores shelves and taking space irk him and he is so happy the economy will reduce them that he feel the planet is happy too :)

  • Kaoro

    I just hope one of their projects is on the 360/PS3. Unfortunately when money’s tight I don’t think those two systems are good choices, but nothing beats the audio/visual treat of a console RPG.

    • jarrodand

      I remember reading they’d made some sort of non-competitive deal with Microsoft for this gen, so we probably won’t be seeing any PS3 or Wii games out of Mistwalker any time soon. Maybe PSP, but my bet is their other game’s for DS too.

      I was gutted when Cry-On got killed. :(

      • Aoshi00

        Ditto, Mistwalker was the original reason I got my 360, enjoyed Blue Dragon and loved Lost Odyssey. I hope Cry On would resurface in some form or another (I was hoping it would bring me to tears like some of the LO novellas did). I’m probably one of the few who liked ASH. Still behind you all the way Gooch.

  • Sakaguchi is crazy. He’s lost his marbles and his ability to make games. All of Mistwalker’s titles have sucked. He sold his soul to MS and it hasn’t worked out for him, he’s just bitter. You’d think after the Spirits Within was such an abysmal flop that he’d forget about this Lifestream nonsense, but…as I said he’s lost it.

    • Rick

      I do believe that you are talking out of your ass kid.

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