The legendary creator of Final Fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi spoke at a panel today at PAX Prime, and he gave a few interesting details on his plans on his wishes for the future.
Sakaguchi-san mentioned that it would be nice to be able to work on a continuation of Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey or The Last Story, but there is nothing going on behind the scenes about that for the moment. That said a sequel of Blue Dragon would be a challenge, as the first draft of that story wasn’t accepted by Akira Toriyama.
Asked if there was a chance to see a new The Last Story game , Sakaguchi-san answered in English “Ok, yeah, you talk to Nintendo.”
Then the moderator of the panel asked who in the audience would want to see a sequel of The Last Story on Wii U, and while the audience cheered and applauded, Sakaguchi-san added, again in English, “And maybe PlayStation 4 too?”
Sakaguchi-san was laughing, so he was most probably just teasing the audience, but I can’t say I wouldn’t like to see something like that happen.
About his upcoming smartphone JRPG Terra Battle, Sakaguchi-san explained that he’d love to work on a console version (which will happen if the smartphone game is downloaded at least two million times). For the moment it’s still a rather vague idea, even if the team is committed to it if the goal is reached, but it would be a MMORPG, and since the original game requires to place characters in a line to execute powerful attack, in the MMO for consoles players would possibly have to neatly line up to do the same and really work together with the other party members.
Asked about which consoles he’s planning to work on, Sakaguchi-san clarified that he has no idea yet. It could be PC, Xbox, Playstation or something else. He also mentioned that Nintendo always keeps people on their toes when it comes to new hardware announcements. He’s looking forward to the New 3DS and he hopes to have a chance to work on it as well.
I don’t know about you, but for me it doesn’t matter which console (or consoles) Sakaguchi-san will ultimately work on, but after all those mobile games, I can’t wait to tell him “welcome back” to the big league when that’ll happen.