Final Fantasy Creator's New RPG Looks Unique And Will Be Out This Year

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Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, has been working on the follow up to his Terra Battle role-playing games. It’s called Fantasian.

According to Sakaguchi, the game has been in development for the past three years and is slated to hit Apple Arcade sometime soon this year. Nobuo Uematsu is doing the score.

“The game is an RPG that takes players through a unique world [of] handcrafted dioramas,” Sakaguchi explains.

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Above is an image from Fantasian that Sakaguchi’s studio Mistwalker used as their New Year’s greeting card. Below is what the actual diorama looks like.

And still-in-development screenshots:

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Back in 2019, when the game was first announced, Sakaguchi said, “Fantasian is a game that shouldn’t exist. Every day is a challenge, creating gaming worlds by hand. We are building dioramas, photographing them, and adding 3D characters. I’m a little scared of how many sets we are going to have to build in the end.”

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Every time I hear about Mistwalker I just get so sad. After making one (1) good game (Lost Odyssey), they basically went all in on mobage to make money, and it has nearly been their downfall. And now that one (1) good game is stuck on a dead console for all eternity. It so thoroughly depresses me that a legend like Hironobu Sakaguchi’s last decade in the industry has just been pumping out trashy mobage. I genuinely hope that this game 1) is also good and 2) does not suffer the same fate (i.e., please god let it be on PC).