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The second part of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s latest RPG Fantasian is almost complete, the designer has said.
Fantasian was released on Apple Arcade in April, and was generally met with critical acclaim, but Sakaguchi had always made it clear that it was the first part of a two-part adventure.
Sakaguchi posted a brief message on Twitter that development had nearly finished on the game.
It simply reads: “The second part of Fantasian is almost done.”
Sakaguchi then sent a more detailed statement to Famitsu, with a message for the game’s fans.
“This is Sakaguchi. The second part of Fantasian is almost finished”, he said. “This part is twice as large as the first part, which exceeded our expectations. The boss monsters are also unique and challenging.
“I’d like to thank all the development staff, the diorama makers, and all the sound staff including Mr Uematsu. They gave it their all. I think it’s a great game!”
Developed by Mistwalker, Fantasian is exclusive to Apple‘s subscription service and sees Sakaguchi’s return to traditional turn-based RPG gameplay for the first time since 2007’s Lost Odyssey on Xbox 360. It also features a new soundtrack by legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.
The game’s environments are all real-life dioramas created by Japanese artists who have worked on ‘tokusatsu’ (special effects) films including the Godzilla movies, Attack on Titan and Ultraman. These dioramas were then scanned and turned into in-game environments, resulting in realistic backgrounds.
Sakaguchi told VGC in a recent interview that Fantasian could be his final product.
Speaking to us in March, the veteran designer was addressing previous comments he made about his long-time collaborator Nobuo Uematsu, whom he said had likely completed his final full soundtrack with Fantasian, due to unspecified health issues.