Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida will hold a special presentation on “The Appeal and Potential of RPG” at TGS 2021. Famitsu will host the presentation on October 2, 2021, starting at 9 a.m. Japan Time (October 1, 2021, 8 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. CEST). Sakaguchi also said on Twitter that he would ask Yoshida about FFXVI during this TGS 2021 talk. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
The Tokyo Game Show 2021 site revealed new details about the presentation. While details are scarce, the Naoki Yoshida and Hironobu Sakaguchi TGS 2021 talk will reportedly feature the two Final Fantasy series veterans discussing the appealing aspects of role-playing games. They’ll also address the potential of the genre. Moderating the talk will be Katsuhiko Hayashi, former editor-in-chief of Weekly Famitsu and current Famitsu Group representative.
Later, Sakaguchi said he would bring up FFXVI during the TGS 2021 discussion on Twitter. Here’s his exact statement.
I will talk with Yoshida-san in a while. I'm going to ask him about FF16 (haha). I heard that there will be simultaneous interpretation in English and Chinese that day.#TGS2021 pic.twitter.com/JR7DT3Co2H
— 坂口博信 (@auuo) September 18, 2021
In addition to being the series creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi is also the founder of Mistwalker. The studio recently released Apple Arcade-exclusive JRPG Fantasian, which also features music from Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu. Naoki Yoshida is currently the producer and director of FFXIV and is also working on the development of the next mainline game in the franchise, Final Fantasy XVI. Yoshida originally joined Square Enix back in 2005, and currently serves as one of the company’s executives.
“The Appeal and Potential of RPG” presentation featuring Hironobu Sakaguchi and Naoki Yoshida will run from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m. on October 2, 2021, Japan Time (October 1, 2021, 8 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. CEST). Further information about the presentation and other planned keynote panels can be found on the official TGS 2021 website.