Final Fantasy creator and current Mistwalker CEO Hironobu Sakaguchi teases that his studio’s next game will be revealed to the public at some point in 2017.
Hironobu Sakaguchi is best known for creating Final Fantasy, the JRPG that started one of the biggest video game franchises in history. Sakaguchi is still actively developing games long after the launch of Final Fantasy, often working on brand new IP with his teams at Mistwalker, and as it turns out, fans may learn of the iconic game developer’s next project as soon as 2017.
In an interview with 4Gamer (as translated by DualShockers), Sakaguchi said that he plans on unveiling Mistwalker’s new project at some point next year. Further details on the game are unknown at this time, so fans will have to wait until Sakaguchi is ready to reveal more information to learn its platforms, release window, story, gameplay style, and more.
When it comes to platforms, Mistwalker’s new game could be on just about any system. The studio has developed games for home consoles, including a pair of Xbox 360 titles and the Nintendo Wii exclusive The Last Story, and it has also created handheld games, specifically for the DS. The last three games the studio put out were released for Android and iOS devices, so there’s a chance Mistwalker could stick to what it’s been doing lately and reveal its new project to be yet another mobile RPG.
If the new game from Mistwalker is a traditional console release instead of yet another mobile venture, then it may be a follow-up to one of its previous efforts. As previously stated, Mistwalker has created a number of new IP, and most of the new IP has no kind of sequel or spinoff to speak of to build the brand. And with the recent addition of Mistwalker’s games to the Xbox backward compatibility lineup, now may be an opportune time for the studio to announce proper sequels to Xbox 360 exclusives like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey.
However, it’s more likely that Mistwalker’s new game is yet another new IP, as opposed to a sequel to one of its existing games. After all, Hironobu Sakaguchi hates sequels, which is why each Final Fantasy game has a different cast of characters, a new story, and tweaked gameplay mechanics.
Of course, Sakaguchi could go the same route Square Enix did with Final Fantasy, and make something like Lost Odyssey 2, but with completely new characters and a new story. That same logic could be applied to most of Mistwalker’s games, but fans will have to wait until 2017 to learn the nature of the new project.
Mistwalker’s next game is in development for unspecified platforms.