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Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi says he’s started work on a new project.
Sakaguchi, who directed the first five Final Fantasy games and continued his involvement in a production capacity until Final Fantasy XI, tweeted today that he had visited the Ise Jingu Shrine in Japan, referring to his future plans.
“Ise Jingu Shrine,” he wrote. “I thanked the shrine for the start of my new project and for my good health during my physical checkup.”
It’s not clear whether Sakaguchi’s new project will be a new game, further work on the widely expected PC port of his mobile game Fantasian, or something else unrelated to video games.
Fantasian, Sakaguchi’s last title, was released in April 2021 and is still currently exclusive to Apple Arcade.
However, Sakaguchi said back in February that he was interested in porting the game to the PC, and potentially even making a sequel.
“We have received many requests to release the game on PC too, and there have also been requests for a sequel”, Sakaguchi told IGN Japan at the time, “so we would like to continue working as hard as possible to meet their expectations.”
In an interview with VGC in March 2021, shortly before the release of Fantasian, Sakaguchi said he felt that Fantasian may be his last project.
“I think it is certainly possible that this could be my last project, and that was kind of in the back of my mind as we were developing it,” he told us.
Discussing the future of his studio Mistwalker with us, he added: “To be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t given much thought to the next steps for the company or where we want to go, and I think I could use a bit of vacation time in between now and whatever it is we do next. So we’ll see what happens, it remains to be seen.”