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« on: February 24, 2005, 09:19:46 PM »

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Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the Final Fantasy franchise) has just joined Microsoft Game Studios and will create RPGs exclusively for the next gen Xbox.

Full press release:
Video Game Legend Hironobu Sakaguchi Joins Microsoft Game Studios as a Developer for Next-Generation Xbox Platform

Father of 'Final Fantasy' Series and AIAS Hall of Fame Inductee Will Develop Role-Playing Games

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that Hironobu Sakaguchi, video game legend and president of Mistwalker game studio, has joined with Microsoft(R) Game Studios to develop role-playing game (RPG) video games exclusively for the next- generation Xbox(R) video game platform. Sakaguchi is best known as the creator of the "Final Fantasy" franchise, which has sold more than 60 million units worldwide, and was executive vice president in charge of game development at Square Enix Co. Ltd. until February 2001.

Citing a shared vision with Microsoft for the next generation of video games, Sakaguchi will lead the creation of two upcoming Xbox-exclusive RPG titles to be published by Microsoft Game Studios.

"Sakaguchi-san has taken role-playing games -- traditionally a niche market -- and introduced them to a broad and diverse audience across the globe," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing at Microsoft. "We are ecstatic to work with Sakaguchi-san and celebrate what this news means not only for Xbox, but for gamers worldwide."

"I'm excited about the two epic game titles we will be developing," Sakaguchi said. "A number of talented creators have signed on to help develop these games, and I'm confident we will be able to create games that provide gamers with a new kind of thrill.

"Microsoft's cutting-edge technologies in the next-generation platform will allow me to bring to life an array of ideas that I have had for many years," Sakaguchi said. "I want these games to be alive with a new vision for gaming and vividly depict new characters that will transcend the game, find a place in the hearts of gamers, and make time spent with my games a fond and long-lasting memory."

Sakaguchi started his career at Square Co. Ltd. in 1986 as director of planning and development. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1991 and eventually ascended to president of Square LA Inc. (now Square USA Inc.) in 1995. In 2000, Sakaguchi was inducted into the coveted Academy of Interactive Arts & Science (AIAS) Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking work on the "Final Fantasy" series. In 2004, Sakaguchi announced that he had started his own development studio, called Mistwalker.

Xbox is coming off a blockbuster year as the only video game console in the United States to show year-to-year growth in 2004, while competitors declined*. Driven by epic, platform-exclusive content -- including "Halo(R) 2" by Microsoft Game Studios, "Fable" by Microsoft Game Studios, "Ninja Gaiden" by Tecmo Ltd. and Xbox Live(TM), the only unified online video game console service -- gamers worldwide continue to flock to Xbox for an unparalleled digital entertainment experience.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2005, 09:23:50 PM »

Chances are this will open up the Japanese market a bit more as well.....
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2005, 09:33:00 PM »

So does this mean that the Xbox is now going to end up with a bunch of Final Fantasy clones in an attempt to compete with the Playstation for the RPG market?  I hope not.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2005, 09:37:49 PM »

Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2005, 09:44:11 PM »

Good news.  Very, very good news.  I really do hope the next gen Xbox gets a greater hold on the RPG market.  Really, my only justification for owning a ps2 is for the RPGs.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2005, 09:47:52 PM »

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So does this mean that the Xbox is now going to end up with a bunch of Final Fantasy clones in an attempt to compete with the Playstation for the RPG market?  I hope not.


And for those of us without a Playstation this is a bad thing? :\
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2005, 09:53:18 PM »

Great!  

I am excited but I think we need to remember that one man isn't going to remake MS.  Lots of dorky suits can get in the way before this guy gets a game out.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2005, 09:53:39 PM »

this is good if he can return to his form from almost 10 years ago. Pretty much the reason he was "outed" from Square was because his last few projects were flops. He hasn't directly worked on a FF for a long time.

Hopefully he brings some fresh ideas and doesn't let his Money-Hat get in the way.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2005, 10:04:41 PM »

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Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2005, 10:57:21 PM »

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Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...

If you accepted the Final Fantasy movie as just a movie, and not Final Fantasy related, it was a good film IMHO. People were simply expecting WAY too much because of the name behind it.
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2005, 12:40:46 AM »

It is definitely a step in the right direction.  MS was/is sorely lacking in the RPG and strategy niches.  With the release of games like Dai Senryaku and Phantom Dust, plus this announcement, its obvious MS is addressing their weaknesses.
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2005, 01:11:05 AM »

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Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...


I really enjoyed it too.  I went in with zero expectations and found that it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be.

Now I can't wait for FFVII:  Advent Children.
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2005, 03:16:21 AM »

I really liked the FF movie. Thought it was superbly done with a decent enough story.

Me likes this news. Me likes the XBOXNEXTBOX2222two360
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2005, 05:06:27 AM »

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Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...


I really enjoyed it too.  I went in with zero expectations and found that it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be.

Now I can't wait for FFVII:  Advent Children.

Couldn't agree more.  I went in not looking for anything super FF related and it was actually a decent enough movie.  And oh, I can't wait until Advent Children as well, though, FFVII wasn't my favorite, AC is still going to be awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2005, 12:28:48 PM »

I actually never saw the FF movie - just heard it was a turd.

I'll put it on my Netflix queue and see for myself.
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« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2005, 12:51:49 PM »

why does this remind me of the orioles signing sammy sosa?...

hopefull, he's treated a bit better than some other developers ms has signed...

oh, yeah - i liked the movie, too...
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« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2005, 03:24:27 PM »

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I actually never saw the FF movie - just heard it was a turd.

The thing to remember is that Final Fantasy isn't a coherent "world", it's a set of themes.  Those themes are present in the movie.
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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2005, 05:28:00 PM »

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Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...


The only problem I had with the movie was the voice actors; either make the chars look a little like the people who they represent, or go with no-name voice talent.

Take a look at disney's success; they incorporate the actors features (at least, subtly) into the character.
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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2005, 09:43:37 PM »

Actually, the main problem with the movie was that for the cost at which they produced the film, they could have just hired good live actors and made the movie that way.  It bankrupted Square to make that movie, so they had to merge with Enix, which was having troubles of its own.
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2005, 02:26:03 AM »

It's never good business to bank your company's future on a risky venture.  VERY un-Japanese, I might add.
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« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2005, 02:42:06 AM »

The movie was an amazing technical achievement, but for some reason, they skimped on the translation.  Much of the phrasing didn't sound natural at all, which is odd, given the much better translations that the Square games of the period got.  Then again, the games' dialogue might have sounded worse spoken.
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« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2005, 02:45:43 AM »

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The thing to remember is that Final Fantasy isn't a coherent "world", it's a set of themes.  Those themes are present in the movie.


That is what I thought.  I liked playing the old FF's that were more in line with Dragon Warrior than the newer ones.

I didn't expect anything "Final Fantasy" from the film apart from the title.  As Bob said, other than FF X-2, the games really don't have all that much in common besides ridiculous spell effects, Chocobos and effeminate males with dumb names.

Not a great movie, but I didn't feel personally betrayed or anything.
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2005, 10:46:37 AM »

RPGFan and RPGamer have some new details regarding Blue Dragon and the newly-unveiled second game, Lost Odyssey.
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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2005, 05:28:25 PM »

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RPGFan and RPGamer have some new details regarding Blue Dragon and the newly-unveiled second game, Lost Odyssey.

That RPGfan article also mentions the first 360 RPG, a launch game from From, eM - eNCHANT arM.

That got me wondering.  Has there been a console launch RPG that wasn't bad?  Better yet was there one that was good?
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2005, 05:56:17 PM »

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That got me wondering.  Has there been a console launch RPG that wasn't bad?  Better yet was there one that was good?


I liked Summoner a fair amount.  Then again I only played the PC version. A buddy of mine played the PS2 version though and loved it.
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« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2005, 07:21:45 PM »

Meh. The title should be changed, as the XBox doesn't have great new RPGs coming out, but the next version does. Fool me once, shame on you. The XBox was pathetic for RPGs, and 360 or whatever daft name they give will need a RPG on Ultima 7 level to tempt me, or my moneys going to Sony. I'm looking forward to playing the P2's backlog on the P3 while I wait for the next gen.
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2005, 10:35:16 PM »

lol

The Xbox didn't have RPG's with little kids and hours of cut scenes no.

KOTOR 1 and 2, and Jade Empire are imho, the best rpgs released in the past 5 years.
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2005, 09:50:59 AM »

KOTOR 1 and 2 were available on the PC, and from what I can gather so are most of Bioware's upcoming RPGs. Yeah, I know they will be available on the new XBox, but KOTOR 2 was awful on XBox. I wish I got the PC version instead. I'll give you Jade Empire, the best XBox game alongside Burnout 3.
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2005, 02:11:27 PM »

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The Xbox didn't have RPG's with little kids and hours of cut scenes no.

If you're bashing Japanese RPGs, does that mean you think the news of Hironobu Sakaguchi developing for the Xbox 360 is a bad thing?
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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2005, 02:38:13 PM »

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The Xbox didn't have RPG's with little kids and hours of cut scenes no.

If you're bashing Japanese RPGs, does that mean you think the news of Hironobu Sakaguchi developing for the Xbox 360 is a bad thing?


Nah, it's definitely a good thing for people that like those type of rpg's.  To say the Xbox doesn't have any good rpgs is ludicrous though.
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