Hironobu Sakaguchi designed and directed the original Final Fantasy games, as well as Chrono Trigger. Then he did some other stuff before helping to found Mistwalker Studios, helping to bring a bizarre slew of JRPGs (remember Lost Odyssey?) to Xbox 360 and the Wii.
Now he and Mistwalker are making a mobile game called Terra Battle, according to Famitsu. It’s a free-to-play affair in which in-game purchases will factor in heavily. That said, the designer vaguely assures us you won’t need to spend money to complete the game.
Concept images of the game shown in Famitsu display the kinds of colorful, nonsensically dressed characters you’d expect JRPG. That’s somewhat reassuring, as Mistwalker’s previous mobile games (Blade Guardian and Party Wave) failed to make a splash, and were not of that genre.
Furthermore, and perhaps more exciting to some, Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will be teaming up with the developer to produce 20 original tracks for the game.
There aren’t a lot of details to get excited or cautious about yet, but it’s nice to see Sakaguchi still working. Seeing him move his favored medium to Android and iOS makes a lot of sense, considering that’s where the Japanese market is entrenched these days.
We’ll just have to wait and see what he’s concocting.
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