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Today at Tokyo Game Show, I met Yasumi Matsuno, one of the minds behinds Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, and Tactics Ogre. Matsuno revealed that he's joining forces with American company Playdek, who brought board and hobby games like Penny Arcade The Game: Good vs. Evil and Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer to mobile devices.
Matsuno's next venture is entitled, "Unsung Story." The new IP for mobile devices will be more than just a one-game show. His first game in the world he's created is Unsong Story: Tale of the Guardians, a strategy game in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics. Matsuno shared his excitement to be working on a project for smartphones because they're handy and flexible. He said that while he's taking plenty of cues from his previous works, he's also designing a new user interface to fit the mobile space.
Unsung Story is set in a medieval fantasy world of Rasfalia. Small kingdoms are emerging throughout the world, and you pick the kingdom you want to represent. Knights, wizards, and archers populate your tactical fields in a fight against monsters to help find out the meaning behind a half-century of war.
Before Matsuno delivers his strategy/RPG, however, a prequel card game is in the works in the same world, and will be co-designed by French board game designer Christophe Boelinger in 2014.
What do you think of the Matsuno news?
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Sigh* I was excited until I read "mobile game"
Ugh I read until mobile devices and now I don't care. Waste of talent building a game for a cellphone.
Definitely interested. The mobile thing has me a little worried, but I'll wait till I can see more of the game.
Man, am I sick of hearing great news from old developers, only to have it be mobile or browser based. You can't get the FFT experience on a mobile phone. Even the best mobile games can't hold a candle to the experience on a dedicated game console. Infinity Blade may be a 9 on a mobile device, but it would be a 7 at best on even a handheld, maybe a 6 on a home console.
I was freaking out over excitement for this, then I read it was a friggin phone game. Now I'm depressed.