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Tactics Ogre & Final Fantasy's Yasumi Matsuno Is Writing A New Project

Vagrant Story creator Yasumi Matsuno is writing a new project.

December 30, 2021

Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre director Yasumi Matsuno revealed in a pretty roundabout way to be working on a new project.

As you already know by now, Japanese sites Famitsu and 4Gamer each published their traditional end-of-the-year interviews. Hundreds of Japanese developers shared their thoughts on 2021 and aspirations for 2022.

We learned in particular that Yasumi Matsuno, the writer of the Ogre Battle / Tactics Ogre series is working on something new. Matsuno is also the original writer of the Ivalice setting and its first games Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story,

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Hironobu Sakaguchi teases Yasumi Matsuno is writing a new story

When asked for his favorite person of 2021 by 4Gamer, Hironobu Sakaguchi said it’s Yasumi Matsuno.

Hironobu Sakaguchi: “Yasumi Matsuno seems to be writing a new scenario. I don’t know what kind of project it’ll be but I’m really looking forward to it”.

Yasumi Matsuno himself was not interviewed by either Famitsu or 4Gamer. Don’t get your hopes up too high too, as this new project could be anything. Hironobu Sakaguchi seems genuinely curious too. So it’s unlikely that Matsuno is actually working with Sakaguchi on a new project at Mistwalker.

Mistwalker just launched a new JRPG, Fantasian, inspired by Final Fantasy 6. While Fantasian is a critical success, many never played it as it’s only available on Apple Arcade.

Is Yasumi Matsuno working on a new Tactics Ogre project again?

Square Enix makes the final call on that, as the copyrights holder. And since this looks to be a more personal project from Matsuno, this is a very unlikely scenario.

Matsuno could be writing something for a future Final Fantasy XIV expansion with Square Enix though. Matsuno already wrote the Ivalice-related events of FFXIV. In an interview I translated back then, Matsuno mentioned he’d like to go back to Tactics Ogre at least once in his life.

Personally speaking, I’m a huge fan of Matsuno’s works and Tactics Ogre in particular. Always hoping for new games in the series. You can always fanboy with me about the series on Twitter as we wait.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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