After the release of The Last Story in 2011 and the mobile titled Party Wave and Blade Guardian in 2012 Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker has been quite silent. No official announcements of new titles have been made and the Twitter account hasn’t tweeted anything since March of 2013.
Only the Facebook account has shown relatively recent signs of activity, mostly showcasing events that involved Sakaguchi himself, and a new cover photo in September (you can see it at the bottom of the post) that some took as a hint of an incoming game announcement. The last post is dated December 17th.
Recently something new happened, and unfortunately it isn’t positive: the studio’s homepage domain expired on March 18, and is now pending renewal or deletion. The site itself has been taken down and is currently unavailable.
It’s definitely early to theorize doom and gloom scenarios, and the domain may simply have expired because of an oversight (it happens even to the best, and especially to Sega), but combined with the extended silence it leaves us wondering about what Mistwalker and Sakaguchi-san may be up to.
We have reached out to Mistwalker asking for a clarification on the issue (with the additional hurdle that most of their usual mail accounts seem to be down as well), and we’ll keep you updated if we’ll receive any relevant information.