Hironobu Sakaguchi Writing For Unannounced Dark Fantasy Game; Refrained from Retiring for Now

Famitsu has shared numerous end-of-the-year developer comments, with some being especially notable for what fans can anticipate in 2023. One of these creators, Hironobu Sakaguchi, originally a pivotal staff member of Square Enix before founding Mistwalker, stated that he is working on an unannounced title.

“I was thinking of retiring next year, but I decided to keep on going… (laughs). I also can’t stop playing Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll see you in Eorzea. I’ve also started writing the scenario for an unannounced dark fantasy game which is now in development.”

Hopefully, Sakaguchi is taking care of his health. Still, it’s also undeniably delightful to know he’ll stick around with the industry for a while longer. I’m quite interested in learning about what this mystery title is. Perhaps, we’ll learn more next year. As for now, I’m moreso hoping that Fantasian hits other platforms…

Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating this passage.

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Fantasian is currently only available on Apple Arcade.

Fantasian is set in a world governed by machines where the balance of Chaos and Order is the crucial factor in the struggle within this multi-dimensional universe. Players will take on the role of Leo, who has awakened after an explosion without his memory and facing a strange land. The journey begins to reclaim Leo’s memories as players uncover the truth behind a peculiar mechanical infection consuming mankind.

The story is written by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi with music by Nobuo Uematsu.

The battle system uses a “Dimengeon Battle” mechanic, allowing players to send previously encountered enemies into a separate dimensional dungeon to streamline combat and maximize uninterrupted exploration of the beautiful locations.

Players will explore dioramas with over 150 different types. Creating Fantasian’s real-life miniature sets are veterans who have worked on projects like the Godzilla films, Attack on Titan and Ultraman. In addition, Fantasian serves as a vehicle to bring these works of art into the digital space via Apple Arcade.

In case you missed it, check out our review.

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