Will The Last Story Be Sakaguchi’s Last Title?

By Spencer . July 13, 2010 . 11:55pm

imageThe Last Story’s title may have another dimension to it. The upcoming Nintendo RPG might be Sakaguchi’s last game.

 

The Mistwalker head blogged that, “me and my team poured 120% of our energy into this title.” He feels anxious like a kid leaving for a journey. “I am completely pouring everything into this one, there is a strong feeling this may be my last work.”

 

Say it ain’t so, Sakaguchi.


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  • holyPaladin

    Please don’t or u will jinx it Sakaguchi…

    Well the title is “Last Story”

  • Mullane

    Trying that trick again hey. “This will be our last game ever”. Fast Forward 20 years. Last Story XIII Confirmed Multiplatform

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Hiryuu

      500 years later: ‘Sakaguchi’s floating head swears up and down that Ending Epic is his last game.’

      • Aoshi00

        And Futurama is back too!

    • ShinGundam

      13 people liked this.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VY27XRBU2VMQVWCNPXHMXDR4UE chibi

    hes just trying to recreate the phenominon that was final fantasy by ironically titling it :P

  • Electrium

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Bah, I shouldn’t be selfish…you had a good run, man =(.

  • Kris

    Wow… If so, it looks like a hell of a game to go out on. I will miss the gooch though…

  • andref

    If it is your last, go out with a bang and i will be satisfied
    p.s this game sure makes me glad i bought a wii

    • Aoshi00

      This game made me glad I imported a Wii (since Fragile and Sin & Punishment 2 both got localized..), well Oboro Muramasa too. It’s good to hear the Gooch has been working so hard on this one. I hope this wouldn’t be his last since he’s still great unlike Miyazaki. Otherwise you deserve a good rest Sakaguchi-san, you’ve given us so much alrdy.

      I say stick it to em Gooch. Lost Odyssey was great and Last Story seems like it’d be a great one too, we don’t need FFOnline/FF pseudo-online/FF hamster/FF Online2.

      • cowcow

        Why does he keep ducking Sony. That’s where the $ is. 360 is dead in Japan and Western 360 fans hate JRPGs now and the Wii is full of Mario/Zelda/Metroid fanboys who ignore anything 3rd party. So I just read this as he’s expecting a less than satisfactory sale which will finally push him to quit the biz.

        • Hraesvelgr

          Western gamers hate non-FF JRPGs period. People try to push it off on the fanbase of a “Western console”, but, the truth is, JRPGs have never sold any better on a Sony platform, either. There was a time when some of Square’s non-FF titles did fairly well on the “Squaresoft” name alone, but that was it.

          As for Japan, the money is only with Sony if we’re talking about the PSP. And even then, the DS is still massively popular compared to it. Japan seems to be caring less and less about non-portable gaming these days.

        • Justinzero

          I don’t ignore the 3rd party stuff on Wii! If you ask me, that’s where all the good stuff is.

          *Goes back to Monster Hunter Tri*

        • Aoshi00

          I’m sure he was saddened by the lukewarm sales, but I doubt it would do any better even if it’s on PS3. Overall, JRPGs just don’t do that well anymore, it’s not hip to talk about w/ friends, other than big names like FF or DQ in Jpn. Quality new IPs get overlooked no matter which system they’re on (Nier on both 360/PS3), while sequels built on big names sell millions automatically. Xenoblade is a great RPG (haven’t finished yet..), I doubt you hear people making a buzz about it. If it were on PS3, the cost of making it would be higher too and sales might still not be that good. Either way, it’s lose-lose for JRPGs. Still, it’s really sad if he’s leaving the scene, I really liked the RPGs he made since his comeback, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, and ASH (and now Last Story), and was looking forward to BD2 and potential sequels to other games as well. If he feels he gave it his all and burned out, I say he deserves a good rest. Now I just can’t wait till Last Story comes out. I remember Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey were all released by year’s end in Jpn, so Last Story would be another great Christmas gift for myself :)

  • pacanug

    *cues manly tears*

  • MrRobbyM

    You never really leave if it’s your passion…

    right?

    • lostinblue

      Unless you think you’ve done all you can for the genre?

      Perhaps he burned out with what he invested on this one, it’s not that abnormal, that said, they often take a sabatical, not retire altogether.

      Akira Toryama kinda did that though.

      • MrRobbyM

        Maybe. But I read a comment on Kotaku that made me think “It is common for accomplished creators to feel, as Sakaguchi apparently does, that, consumed by their latest work, they will retire when they have polished this latest diamond. But what made them an accomplished creator was an innate drive to make something better, and they are usually captured by a new idea, and get back to work. Hiyao Miyazaki made several films after repeatedly saying he was done (he may or may not be retired, handing over directing duties on his adaptation of The Borrowers). And Sakaguchi is still very young.” -buddhathing

  • Guest

    Just bring it to english speaking countries and I will be happy for it to be his last work (and of course be a good game). If not, then I’ll be a sad sad biker mouse from Mars.

  • Yeshua49

    Well I guess it depends on how much The Last Story will sell.

  • http://twitter.com/Alos88 Alos88

    Huh, so that explains the title.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    :(

  • lostinblue

    I wasn’t the biggest sakaguchi supporter, I always thought he was often too cocky for his own good and that a lot of games he did weren’t as good as “the legend” should ensure, both recent titles and stuff like Final Fantasy VII and X. And I also blamed him for letting people like Nomura turn the series into what it is today.

    With that said, it’s kinda like having michael jordan, tiger woods, agassi or lance armstrong leaving their fields, they might not be consentual but they’re high profile personalities known for their achievements.

    So I’ll be sad if he retires.

  • Aoshi00

    Oh noes, I forgot, Blue Dragon 2!??? :(…

    • Yeshua49

      After the bomba of the last DS game, Sakaguchi has officialy annouced the end of the serie so Blue Dragon 2 won’t, mostlikely, ever be made. My sincere condolences>_<'.

      • Aoshi00

        really :(!? First Cry On, now no more Blue Dragon 2, sad :(.. I knew those DS spin-offs wouldn’t do us any good, tarnishing the brand (and the stupid anime and manga..).. I ddn’t like want they did w/ Blue Dragon too, but I thought as long as we’re getting BD2 down the road it’d be fine..And Dear Nintendo: bring over ASH alrdy, for the love of.. don’t listen to Reggie :P… it was a great game, certainly better than the BD games on the DS,

        • thaKingRocka

          I cursed those DS installments and the lousy anime. I really wanted more of the proper console series. I knew they would ruin everything.

          • Justinzero

            DS would have been a great game if it was actually hard. I was really enthusiastic for it when the release date came, but man, I’ve had a really hard time wanting to finish it.

          • Aoshi00

            I liked Blue Dragon so much I suffered thru the 4 vol. of Obata Takeshi manga and the first season of anime :(… even played a little bit of BD Plus.. then my interest gradually dwindled when all I heard was one DS game after another while waiting for a proper console sequel all this time :(… ruined everything indeed.

          • thaKingRocka

            I checked out the anime, and I couldn’t finish the first episode. I checked out the manga, and the first page was a big WTF as I tried to figure out how I was looking at something connected to BD. I flipped through the whole manga, and decided to have nothing to do with it. When the DS titles came out, I remember hearing that they weren’t proper BD games, so I ignored them. Now, they may be all I’ve got. Back to DQ9 for now though. :P

          • Aoshi00

            What’s worse was the anime didn’t even use the same seiyuu for the main chars as the game, it’d be a bit more fun to listen to Shu if he was voiced by Inoue Marina at least.. The manga was definitely horrible, I was reading it because I just finished Death Note, and his art definitely took a dive since then, I really don’t know what I was thinking then.. as for Blue Dragon Plus, truth is I only watched the FMV and played the tutorial, that’s as far as I got. I haven’t gotten DQ9 yet, I heard there’s deals everywhere like Kmart and Toysrus w/ gift card, I think I should get it..

          • http://www.facebook.com/keishenra Kyle D. Johnson

            You mean Blue Dragon Ral Grad? Not related AT ALL.

          • Aoshi00

            Related or not, it was still an awful manga, w/ bad art and story.

        • lostinblue

          Those spinoff’s were stupid, yeah.

    • lostinblue

      Did you like Blue Dragon 1? You’re ussually so picky… It’s strange. :P

      • Aoshi00

        I loved the first Blue Dragon man. Yes, the story wasn’t as epic as I expected (or led to believe by the initial trailers), but it was still very fun game nonetheless, not to mention totally old school. It was my first next gen RPG and 360 game, I imported the Jpn system for BD and LO initially and never looked back. The graphics blew me away at the time because never has Toriyama design been fully rendered so well in 3D, not cel shaded like DQ8 or countless DB fighting games. I’ve been looking forward to an even better proper console sequel ever since…

        • lostinblue

          I find that peculiar. roger, I’ll buy/play Blue Dragon just because of that, I actually needed a reason, seeing the game was bashed, no one seems to like it and everyone points into Lost Odysseys direction instead…

          You’re the kind of person that usually doesn’t forgive shortcomings if not for a good reason, so I’ll check it out.

          • Aoshi00

            hm.. it was old school turn-based just like the old FFs and DQs, so.. the story and chars are on the light-hearted side, that’s pretty much the only thing that I felt a little let down because I was expecting like a spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger or something.. the game is dirt cheap now for maybe around 10 bucks or less, so definitely try it out if you get a chance. I thought most people liked the game, at least the Jpn gamers. maybe it’s not mature enough for US gamers, and the
            turn-based system was “too outdated”..

            lol I don’t think I’m that picky right? I think the games just need to have a certain kind of magic or charm and touch me in a certain way and I would like it a lot. I was harsh w/ Fragile’s gameplay because it really bugged me but the game’s visual and audio presentation were certainly artistic and beautiful.. FFXIII I just felt like a hamster the whole time.. so I can’t bring myself to say I liked those games. But say for a game like ASH, it’s not perfect, but for me the good outweight the imperfection, so..

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    dont goooooooooooooO!

  • joesz

    He’s Japanese.You do the math.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AllenSmithee Samuel Smithee Bateman

    :’) A man at the end of one journey starts another. Hopefully he will have achieved all of his goals with this game, and may start other goals in life. Maybe they’ll be simple, like maintaining a nice garden, or raising an adopted dog into a respectable animal.

    I always loved that about real men: They always have their eyes set on something and won’t back down regardless of anxiety or fear, and it is something all good creators should have, and certainly Sakaguchi has in spades! It is something I respect and try to learn from others, because one of my goals is to become my own view of a great man.

    So basically, if this is your last game, Mr. Sakaguchi, let it be your own personal best. You won’t have to worry about sales or figures, because you won’t need to worry about a sequel. So I hope that he doesn’t compromise his vision for this one, and I happily await it!

    Of course, if it isn’t truly his last, I can understand changing the choice, because it is a hard choice to make: to stop doing something like that. On that note, regardless of how final this game is for Sakaguchi, I hope it is great.

    (what a mess of a post, heh)

    • RupanIII

      I remem on my old PSX Underground discs there was an interview with him about FFVII and he was talking about how some of the game’s themes reflected things like loss which he was dealing with family-wise at the time. Of course, VII was a blockbuster, but even nowadays in this FPS/MMORPG/zero-story dominated gaming climate, one of the things you mentioned – he doesn’t compromise on his vision, even if the game isn’t a blockbuster sales-wise and people have turned against tradition.

  • Guest

    the last story for the nintendo wii is not going be his last game. remember, he still has that iphone game to show off (or maybe he canceled it?)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/S42ONH6C3L63N2MEAFXB6E26XE wahyudil

    but sakaguchi always says those kind of words for every of his “final” games

    • ShinGundam

      You mean Kojima

  • joesz

    I hope this is not the next final fantasy.Because I remembered that the first final fantasy that was release on a “Nintendo console” was supposed to be his”last game”.But as can you see now,Its spawned a lot of sequels to it and yes! don’t forget the 145 spin-offs.Also the name is very similar to final fantasy,The only difference between them is “story”.

  • Joanna

    On the English version of the blog he wrote, “Emotionally it feels like this is my last work…”. So I’m still holding out that this is not literally his last work.

  • gatotsu911

    I sort of suspected that this might be the case when I first found out about the title. I kind of hope it isn’t, though, but if it is his last game hopefully he’ll go on a high note (and judging by the game’s appearance so far, it certainly looks like he will be).

  • GreyReign

    I believe that this situation, intentionally or not, reflects his position with Final Fantasy. If Microsoft really did pull it’s financing out of Mistwalker, hence why
    Cry On was cancelled, then he may feel this is his last chance with Nintendo, since if the game flops then they may lose Nintendo’s support as well, and he may feel that his games may not have a market anymore….

    • RupanIII

      If this is true about MS pulling out.. the man who made FFVI and VII (not to mention tons of other greats of course) not being able to find support in the industry, that really is insane and demonstrates just how much gaming has changed over the past few console generations..

  • xxx128

    Yeah he tries to make this into the final fantasy surprise hit from back then.
    Forcing stuff never work saka san, but thenagain it might be a good thing cause i am so fed up with the mega hyper super commercial stuff that square does now with his brain child.

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