At the Monaco Anime Game International Conferences 2023 (MAGIC 2023), Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi looked back at his almost four-decade long career in a 90-minute panel hosted by IGN JAPAN.
While his first game The Death Trap dates back to 1984, Sakaguchi’s latest work Fantasian was released for Apple Arcade in 2021. Fantasian met critical acclaim for incorporating real-life dioramas as its location backgrounds, a stellar soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu and an innovative battle system that allowed the player to aim attacks and stock random encounters.
However, since it was an Apple Arcade exclusive, many RPG fans did not get the chance to play Sakaguchi’s new epic. Now, it seems that Sakaguchi wants to solve this problem.
“Many people ask for a PC port, and I also hear demand for a sequel,” Sakaguchi said.
While nothing was officially announced during the session, Sakaguchi said that he wants to continue making games and hopes to be able to meet these expectations, as Fantasian is a title he is fond of himself.
“Fantasian is a title I hope more people will get to see for themselves in the future,” Sakaguchi said.
While Sakaguchi aspires to make a PC port and sequel, he emphasized that nothing has been decided yet. Fantasian released for the Apple Arcade split into two parts. Whether or not a potential PC port would be released as a single title is unknown.
At MAGIC 2023, Sakaguchi also reflected on the troubled development of Chrono Trigger, saying it nearly became a “mediocre game.” In 2022, IGN interviewed Sakaguchi, where he talked about his love of Final Fantasy XIV and his future plans.
Esra Krabbe is an editor at IGN JAPAN. He still listens to Fantasian’s soundtrack on a regular basis.
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Author: Kat Bailey