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Should Sakaguchi End Career With One Last Final Fantasy?

by Andrew Reiner on Jul 16, 2010 at 01:10 PM

A few days ago, Hironobu Sakaguchi, the father of Final Fantasy (and my obsession with role-playing games) announced that his upcoming Mistwalker game, The Last Story, may indeed be his last game. "Emotionally it feels like this is my last work, while pouring everything I have gotten into this project," Sakaguchi wrote in his blog. "Never regret, but now 'I’m enjoying'; furthermore, aiming towards completion. The sense of 'This is it' relaxes my shoulders, its pleasant feeling to conduct an orchestra by the sense of my intuition."

I've enjoyed the games Sakaguchi has delivered under the Mistwalker umbrella, and I can't wait to play The Last Story, but the fan boy in me only wants one thing: A new Final Fantasy game by Sakaguchi. I don't know if he left Square Enix on bad terms, or simply went off on his own to try something new. No matter what the case, he should go back to Square Enix to finish his career with the franchise that made him the icon he is today. I'd even settle for a collaboration between Mistwalker and Square. Whether this final Final Fantasy requires a team of 300 to build the most awe-inspiring entry yet, or a small team of 30 that creates a pixel-based successor to the Super Nintendo series, Sakaguchi's farewell should be with Final Fantasy.

Would you like to play one last Sakaguchi Final Fantasy game, or are you more content with his role at Mistwalker, and Square Enix's current direction for Final Fantasy? And if he did make one, what direction would you like him to take?