Imageepoch President Debugging Tale of the Last Promise


Imageepoch president, Ryoei Mikage, doesn’t get much sleep. Mikage spends anywhere between two and three hours every day, perusing game blogs and their comments to  get a better idea of how people view his company’s games. This usually happens at 4 AM, after Mikage gets home from work.


It sounds like poor Mikage will be getting even less sleep in the near future. He recently revealed in a Twitter post over the weekend that he’s been debugging PSP game, Tale of the Last Promise:


“Debugging Tale of the Last Promise.  It took a week, but it took over 50 hours so I’m about dead.  Plus, there are different characters and multiple endings, so clearing all the routes and viewing them once will take 400 hours…  It looks like I won’t be sleeping anymore from now on (tears)”


Mikage isn’t the only company president that debugs games. Mistwalker’s Hironobu Sakaguchi, who directed The Last Story, has revealed his debugging adventures in the past as well.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.