Illustration for article titled The Man Behind emVagrant Story/em, emFinal Fantasy XII/em Jumps To Level-5?

Yasumi Matsuno, the Japanese video game creator best known for his work at Square Enix on titles like Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII and Tactics Ogre, may have a new home: Professor Layton and White Knight Chronicles developer Level-5.

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Good news? Maybe. It's still not officially confirmed, but early reports stemming from the latest issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine say that Matsuno has joined Level-5 at the request of boss Akihiro Hino. Andriasang passes along reports that Matsuno may make "speedy" games, "something that his fans' nieces and nephews can enjoy" at his new employer.

Bad news? Maybe, if you were hoping for a spiritual successor (or true successor) to Vagrant Story, Square's fantastic PlayStation action-RPG. That said, Level-5 is no stranger to the grand, Japanese role-playing game, having worked on titles like Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VIII and IX, and Ni no Kuni.

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Matsuno hasn't said anything about his current or future plans on Twitter, only reminding fans that he no longer works at Square Enix. We've contacted Level-5 seeking comment on the report.

Illustration for article titled The Man Behind emVagrant Story/em, emFinal Fantasy XII/em Jumps To Level-5?

Yasumi Matsuno Reportedly Joins Level-5 [Andriasang]

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