Square Enix To Celebrate Final Fantasy Legend 25th Anniversary With New Announcement

By Sato . January 5, 2014 . 10:35pm

We haven’t heard much from SaGa (AKA Final Fantasy Legend) and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles creator Akitoshi Kawazu, but he recently spoke to 4Gamer during their end-of-year developer talks, and revealed that Square Enix be making a new SaGa announcement in 2014, to commemorate the series’ 25th anniversary.

 

First, 4Gamer asks Kawazu about his impressions of the year 2013 in terms of entertainment.

 

“Most people would probably go with Naoki Hanzawa1 and Amachan2, but personally, I was most impressed by how smoothly Monster Hunter [4] sold,” says Kawazu. “I felt that Monster Hunter showed me the true powers of the Nintendo 3DS.”

 

“I was also impressed by the idea of having a game system within smart devices,” he continues. “I believe that it’s safe to say that devices with enjoyable content will always stand out.”

 

Finally, 4Gamer asks him to share a message to the readers, as we head into the year 2014.

 

“December of 2014 will be 25 years since the birth of the SaGa series,” says Kawazu. “With that in mind, we’re making various preparations.”

 

He adds, “As far as a concrete announcement goes, we’ll work on a well-timed announcement, so I believe you can look forward to that. Thank you for your ongoing support for SaGa.”

 

The last SaGa game that Square Enix released on consoles was a remake of SaGa 3 for the Nintendo DS in 2011. Given Kawazu’s past creations and his comments above, perhaps we can expect to see a Nintendo 3DS title in the not-too-distant future.

 

1. A popular banker who works for Japan’s largest bank, Tokyo Chuo Bank, with a TV series depicting the numerous obstacles from his upper management while climbing the ranks.

 

2. A TV drama about a young girl who tries to become an idol in Tokyo, along with her efforts to help revitalize the Tohoku region from its disaster after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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  • Sergio Hidalgo

    i just bought saga frontier the other day :)

  • Dayner_Kurdi

    oh a SaGa game, now i’m interesting

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    iOS games will be ported to 3DS?

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Might be the thing I’m most excited for. Can’t wait to see what it is.

    • Zero_Destiny

      I clicked here wanting to see what you had to say.~

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Really? I don’t usually go all rabid with colorful words and walls of texts (unless I’m trying to explain techniques or game mechanics).
        Well… I hope your holiday is going smooth~

  • echokanon

    Saga frontier 2 is the most beautiful Saga I have played. I would be dead happy if it is going with that style

    • Warboss Aohd

      that game was pretty great, i remember the day i picked it up at game x change.

  • WyattEpp

    Please don’t be a mobile social card RPG. Please don’t be a mobile social card RPG. Please don’t be a mobile social card RPG… [pleading intensifies]

    • landlock

      Doesn’t really matter since none of the DS ones were released outside of Japan. We had to rely on fan translations for them.

      • Bec66

        Well if it is released on the 3DS maybe we’ll just have to push square into localizing it.

        • landlock

          Seems like you need to push Nintendo nowadays rather then SquareEnix themselves.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/jodecideion?feature=mhum TheWon and Only

            Nintendo can only took over so many games for 3rd parties developers.

          • Bec66

            Well we managed to get Bravely Default, which Square said they didn’t think would be profitable in the west.

    • Ric Vazquez

      SaGa 4…for mobile

  • Ben Green

    Yes! You can never have too many RPGs.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I never had any luck with the SaGa or Legends games and couldn’t make it that far into them. I’m willing to give the series another chance if it really comes back though!

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Ever try Romancing SaGa 3 on SFC? There’s a fan translation out there, and it’s an excellent game. Probably the most accessible of the lot.

      • sakusakusakura_nyo

        I never played that one but it does look like a cool game!

  • LustEnvy

    A new SaGa game for IoS. Calling it now.

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    Meh. I’m still miffed over not getting Final Fantasy Legends 2 on NDS outside Japan. What’s there to look forward to…? *grumbling*

    • Bec66

      Yah that does beg the question, If this game is made for 3DS will we actually get it?

  • Unlimax

    “I felt that Monster Hunter showed me the true powers of the Nintendo 3DS”
    Show Vita some love please .. wow :
    And Square-Enix Where’s Parasite Eve 15th Anniversary ?

    • Ronldbx6

      Still waiting for Square-Enix to announce the 4th Birthday for home consoles and Vita. Yes!

    • LightZero

      The 3DS is where the money is. The Vita is doing alright in Japan but selling like crap everywhere else. They would sooner put their games on smart phones or tablets than the Vita. It just not smart to put much of an investment in something that selling miserably.

  • Rafael Martines

    My wishes for 2014

    Final Fantasy XII HD
    Final Fantasy Tactics The War of The Lion HD (Online Multiplayer Vs. and Missions)
    Final Fantasy Chronicles: Crystal Bearers HD

    • Shippoyasha

      Final Fantasy Tactics 2 is still a long away dream of mine.

      • Kaetsu

        Even Tactics A3 would be awesome. I just don’t see it happening since Yasumi Matsuno and Akihiko Yoshida have left the company.

    • Chido55

      Got my like for mentioning FFXII.

      • Rafael Martines

        Right? I’m looking foward for X|X-2 HD Remaster, so XII HD would be awesome… never played them in my PS2… XIII was my first RPG and thanks for that game I played Ni No Kuni, XIII-2, now I’m playing Kingdom Hearts HD Final Mix :D

        • Chido55

          Will also be getting X|X-2 HD Remaster, since I didn’t play both yet.
          Manage to play XII couple of times, I really love it. Its like an open world MMORPG, it gave me that kind of feels.
          I find it weird that most of peoples didn’t take it the same.

          Had my run with XIII too, also loving it.

    • makubexnas

      Dragon Quest 7 3DS……..seriously square Enix, just take my money.

    • eilegz

      FFC crystal bearers with normal controller would be amazing, the wiimote just didnt have the precision and it was annoying hit or miss gameplay

    • Lalum

      I’m wishing for some new games.

    • Rasputing

      But a remake of the original Crystal Chronicles would be perfect on Wii U.

  • Byron Kerrison II

    I keep forgetying that the 3DS is region-locked.
    I think that’s the only thing region-locked this gen?

    • JonathanisPrimus
      • Byron Kerrison II

        LOL
        And the Wii U. Everything Nintendo this Gen.

    • Guest

      It’s Square Enix. Outside of Type-0 because it was on a completely dead system in the West, we generally get anything FF related.

      • JonathanisPrimus

        SaGa games aren’t really related to Final Fantasy. A few were localized under the “Final Fantasy Legend” brand in the west, but that was over 20 year ago now. There’s been plenty of SaGa games in Japan that have come out since, and weren’t localized.

  • Unknown

    It’s gonna be mobile or social
    “I was also impressed by the idea of having a game system within smart devices”
    it kinda gives away the idea that whatever it is, it’s mobile…

    • brostar

      So now the only chance of an old franchise coming back is if it’s a crappy social game on smart devices that is completely unlike the previous games in the series? *cough* Breath of Fire VI *cough*

    • Bec66

      But they already did a mobile Saga game

      • Unknown

        and now will probably do another one

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      MH also had him impressed by the 3DS, so that should be a possibility too, right~?

      • Unknown

        if this game was released on the 3DS then I would be very impressed… not happening though. Current Square Enix is basically full on mobile developing company, outside of FFXV and KHIII they really don’t inspire much confidence to make games on consoles, or even new IPs.

        • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

          Heh, yeah. Good point. Sadly.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jodecideion?feature=mhum TheWon and Only

    How about make a sequel for Crystal Chronicles for the 3DS with a Wii U up port!

  • TheGreenHobo

    Personal dream: Remake of SaGa Frontier (On practically anything but phones, seriously.), with the cut content finished.
    But even if it comes true the game won’t be localized. :( Literally my favorite series, too.

  • easter

    Kawazu doing the Ancient Aliens pose.

    “I’m not saying it’s a mobile social card RPG…”

  • The fallen

    Very unlikely to happen but I am still hoping for final fantasy VII hd remake. Just common square enix why would they tease it twice then say they are not making it?

    • brostar

      I’d rather they spend the money on making a new Final Fantasy game than remaking VII. With the cost of developing a AAA title like FF it’s probably best to save that money for a new release. Unless they remake it graphically on par with a PS2 game and put it on the Vita or 3DS.

      • The fallen

        That is a good point.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Can we finally get Fuse’s storyline?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    We never got the remakes of SaGa

  • Ryuki

    I love the SaGa series and despite Unlimited SaGa’s flaws, it was still an enjoyable game for me. Plus the OST of the game is simply Divine.

    • neo_firenze

      Yeah, Unlimited is a rather love/hate kind of game. Most people tend to hate it, but it’s a personal favorite for me. Very abstract game though, you have to accept that it’s more a digital recreation of a tabletop RPG than a typical JRPG.

      Totally agreed on the OST, it’s wonderful. The Art Nouveau style is really great too. I have the Japanese hardcover art book, and the pieces there look like something out of an art history class textbook as opposed to a video game.

  • Juliano C

    SaGa Frontier III or SaGa Frontier II HD *.*

  • Gemlit

    Let the SaGa of never letting all of Japanese video games coming to the states continue!!! …Oh wait!!

  • Zind Keeper

    More SaGa goodness please.

  • Ridho Siregar

    I want new SaGa with arts and designs from Gen Kobayashi again!

  • Goufunaki

    Whatever it is, hopefully it gets a western release. I love the SaGa series.

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