The Last Story May Not Be Sakaguchi’s Last Game After All

By Ishaan . July 17, 2010 . 3:05pm


Earlier in the week, when Mistwalker chief and The Last Story designer, Hironobu Sakaguchi, blogged about his development team’s latest proceedings in Japanese, he almost made it sound like the title could be his swan song.


“Me and my team poured 120% of our energy into this title,” Sakaguchi wrote. A line later, he continued: “I am completely pouring everything into this one, there is a strong feeling this may be my last work.” At least, that’s what the Japanese wording made it sound like.


Sakaguchi-san’s “official” English translation of the same post, now up on the English Mistwalker site, however, makes the wording a little clearer in English. The bit about the 120% of energy was translated as follows:


“The energy poured into this project by the development team and I are 120%. I’m hoping you can understand that, however on the other hand, I feel worried and nervous like sending my child on a trip alone. Emotionally it feels like this is my last work, while pouring everything I have gotten into this project. Never regret, but now “I’m enjoying”; furthermore, aiming towards completion. The sense of “This is it” relaxes my shoulders, its pleasant feeling to conduct an orchestra by the sense of my intuition.”


Key word: “emotionally”. It would appear Sakaguchi’s comments about The Last Story being his last game were merely a figure of speech. Rather, he’s treated the game as if it were his last, in terms of the amount of effort he has put into it, and is relieved that an end is finally in sight. Phew!


Update: Slight alteration to the headline after giving it much consideration.

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  • kashiwaba

    good news

  • Letiumtide

    I didn’t think it was likely that he would give up. He’s a storyteller, so until he stops having stories to tell, I’d imagine that he’ll always have something up his sleeve.

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  • Joanna

    Yeah, I saw the English blog post a day after the original Siliconera post and I thought he meant figuratively, not literally (due to the emotionally being there). I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks so. :)

  • To be totally honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if this WAS his swan song; Sakaguchi has been in the business for nearly three decades now in various capacities, and he’s close to fifty years old.

    A lot of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s need to begin to come to terms with the fact that our heroes from that time are starting to get pretty old; many of them probably will need to retire soon, and it’ll be up to us to step into their (very large) shoes.

    • Aoshi00

      A relief indeed.. yes, many of my heroes (seiyuu) are either quite old now, have retired or even passed away, due to old age, sickness (Suzuoki Hirotaka died of cancer), or accident (Shiozawa Kaneto).. I definitely felt like I grew up w/ them somewhat.. Even though he’s been in the business for a long time, he’s actually relatively young though. So I say if he feels like continue making good games, more power to him. He’s still one of the best in the industry that actually cares about his work, S-E’s definitely different w/o him.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While this is good news, one really cannot help but laugh at the irony of Sakaguchi-san’s game titles. First he creates a game that he names “Final Fantasy” in anticipation of it being his last title and it spawns a long franchise. Now, he creates a game called “The Last Story” and it still isn’t his last title.

    Makes you wonder what his real last game will be called. “A concluding tale”?

    • 20 bucks says it’ll be called “The Beginning.”

      • Guest

        haha, reminds me of Squaresoft. I swear, if all companies approached every game as if it could be their last we’d have many quality titles. Sadly, the industry is somewhat a monopoly now.

        • True. I’ve been lamenting the decline of Square ever since they started releasing half-assed graphics demos like The Bouncer instead of actual games. :(

  • joesz

    Last story 2 has been announced already?

  • “The sense of “This is it” relaxes my shoulders, its pleasant feeling to conduct an orchestra by the sense of my intuition.” … is this mean sakaguchi has found back his own genius, and LAST STORY will have qualities like his old masterpieces … just said FF6 or FF7

    • Aoshi00

      Thought FF9, Blue Dragon, ASH, and Lost Odyssey were pretty good too..

      • sirfratley

        Well Final Fantasy VIII was good too, i really enjoyed more VIII than VII.

        • Joanna

          blasphemy! :)

  • Electrium

    Although no promises were made, this is still a major relief. As long as Sakaguchi has a story to tell, I’ll be there to hear it.

    Plus, we’re still waiting for the formal (by formal I mean console) sequel to Blue Dragon they teased a few years ago!

  • sirfratley

    Maybe the name Last Story is going to begin a new infinite series of RPG, Like Final Fantasy did in the 80’s, because it means the same.

  • Didn’t work the last time he wanted to do a last, or rather “final”, game anyway. ^_^

  • thaKingRocka

    This is very good news.

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