Mistwalker(R&D on a Prototype since FF7)

好きなことで
ゲームづくり  2009.7.31

「好きなことで飯をくう」というのは、人生をエネルギッシュに生きるためには、かなり重要なことだと思う。偶然の積み重ねでゲームづくりを職業にできた自分は、そういった意味では幸せものだ。導いてくれた先人や、支えてくれた人、そしてなによりプレイしてくれる人に本当に感謝している。

「好きなこと」なので、もちろんやっていて楽しいし、自然体で集中することができる。
でも、ちょっと待ってほしい。
実は「好きなことで飯をくう」のは苦しいことなのだ。仕事にするということは、プロになるということで、それは楽しみを「楽しませる」という行為にすげ替えることでもある。自分の好きなものを、人を喜ばせるために、本来は必要のない追求で昇華させなくてはならないのだ。特にゲームは、それがエンターテイメントであるから、よりその要素が色濃い。

だが、どうも、僕は「かなり楽しんでやっている」ようにみえるらしい。苦労しているようには見えないらしいのだ。
なんだかちょっと悔しいな・・・本当はこんなに悩み苦しんでるのに(^^ゞ
でもきっと、「苦しくみえる」ようだったら、つくったものにそれが出てしまうのかもしれない。その意味では「まったく苦しく見えない」のに、奥底では「苦しんでる」のが正解なのかも。
だから、今日も、誰にも知られないように、わざとこっそり悩む・・・
答えはなかなか見つからないし、それによって制作現場に多大な迷惑をかけてしまうのだが、それでも悩むのだ。
紆余曲折の先に光はある。

New Columne by Sakaguchi :x
The google translator spit me something out about Games and Rice :x
Well if anyone is so kind to translate it , please do :p
Since the Mistwalker translation will take ages...
 
Eteric Rice said:
I guess it depends on how they define "next-gen" then.

Well actually, the one in the OP sounds like Mistwalker is doing it internally. I could be wrong, though.
Does Mistwalker actually have enough employees to do a game internally?

I thought there were like only 5 to 10 of them.
 
My Favorite
Making Video Games  2009.7.31


Sakaguchi said:
I feel “being paid to do what I enjoy” is very important to life’s energy. I’m fortunate that through a set of coincidences, I was able to land a career in the creation of video games. I truly appreciate the pioneers who led me, the people who supported me, and most of all, the people who play the games.

Making games is my “favorite thing,” so it’s fun and I’m naturally able to concentrate.
But I want you to think about it for a second.
The reality is that “being paid to do what I enjoy” is difficult. In order to make things work, you need to become a professional and change your mentality from having fun to “making fun for people.” You must be more creative than necessary, but it’s in order to make your favorites fun for people. This is an important factor in games, being a form of entertainment.

But some people say I look like I’m “totally enjoying myself” and don’t have any troubles. It’s little frustrating, as I do fall on hard times and have my share of suffering (^^ゞ But if I “show I’m having hardship,” it might translate into what I make. Even if “I’m suffering” deep inside, the right approach may be to look like “I’m not suffering at all.”
So even today, I will purposely hide my troubles in secret…
Though I don’t have the answer, I’m worried my troubles will heavily affect production.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Nobuo Uematsu and Takuya Matsumoto
who shared the joys and sorrows throughout the project.
Despite it looking like we are having fun,
the subject of the conversation was serious.



Yutaka Noma, who also shared joys and sorrows together.
It’s been a while, so we met up again and had drinks.


What's going on Sakaguchi!
 
Quazar said:
Nobuo Uematsu and Takuya Matsumoto
who shared the joys and sorrows throughout the project.
Despite it looking like we are having fun,
the subject of the conversation was serious.


Yutaka Noma, who also shared joys and sorrows together.
It’s been a while, so we met up again and had drinks.


What's going on Sakaguchi!
Well that pretty much confirms MW is working with Artoon on that mystery game of theirs.
 
That's good news. I guess there is a chance it could be Blue Dragon 2, but I'd be perfectly happy with a new IP too. Hopefully it'll be an RPG, of course.
 
Jonnyram said:
That's good news. I guess there is a chance it could be Blue Dragon 2, but I'd be perfectly happy with a new IP too. Hopefully it'll be an RPG, of course.
Considering he says it's been "a while" since he last spoke to Noma, whatever he's been working on is probably not published or produced by Microsoft.
 
I just hope that whatever he's working on is actually an RPG. I'm tired of him trying to make different stuff that ends up being bad. Stick to your strengths, okay? :\
 
I'd love to see a Blue Dragon 2, or even something else... but like Aeana said, just make it an RPG, please.

Sleeker said:
just release a f**king game already. i'll take anything
Best not to say that where Mistwalker's concerned... they actually have been releasing games, just that they're games one would be smart not to take.
 
ethelred said:
Best not to say that where Mistwalker's concerned... they actually have been releasing games, just that they're games one would be smart not to take.
Hey I liked Away. :(

And I'm buying the new BD DS. :(

Please be good..... :(
 
Does the new BD DS game disregard the story of BD+? The trailer sure made it look that way.

I think the thing I hated the most about BD+ was that the first hour of the game made me feel like everything I had done in BD was a waste :( It made me realize why RPGs shouldn't have direct sequels.
 
I don't know. I never played BD+. For all my love for Mistwalker, I still can't bring myself to ever buy a Brownie Brown game. Especially not a RTS.
 
duckroll said:
I don't know. I never played BD+. For all my love for Mistwalker, I still can't bring myself to ever buy a Brownie Brown game. Especially not a RTS.
Same :lol :lol

His updates have been pretty blah lately. He's messing with legos again.

Sakaguchi said:
Speaking of which, I'm meeting with Kitase who is a director (producer?) of FF for drinks. He's an enthusiastic Star Wars fan way beyond me. We are meeting since the release date of FF13 was decided, and also making a toast in celebration of finishing the milestone, while talking about funny storied related to it. Maybe I will buy one of Star Wars lego sets as a gift for him at the NEW Lego shop, (^ ^ゞ.

Goofy pics

 
Sakaguchi said:
See ya
My Old Colleagues   2009.9.25



I went out for drinks with colleagues from our Square days. They all are independently successful and live their lives to the extreme, such as being a composer, graphic artist, director, etc. It's been a long time, but in their faces I saw a look of brilliance and vitality. It was such a wonderful feeling. Their vigor put me in a really good mood today.

One of them is continously making iPhone applications. Another is flying out to Australia for work first thing in the morning. A couple of them are currently working with me but having a little problem with the schedule. We talked about all kinds of stuff. Of course, we talked about the old days, too.

It really was a fun night, feeling their positive aura, wanting to work with them again..
See ya.


Who's who?
 

jj984jj

He's a pretty swell guy in my books anyway.
Mitsuda and I believe Masato Kato are in the back, Mitsuda is standing next to Sakaguchi and Kato is second from the right.
 
I see it now, he's preparing his army!
"A thousand lightning bolts in the sky, my lord!
Is this finally the day?"

"NO!" he said as he stood up from his throne.
"The prophecy is a lie!"
"I won't allow such nonsense!"
"Bring me Nomura san!"

A knight on a white horse stood in front of the gates of Squaresoft.
"I've come to claim what is rightfully mine!"
"We have come to claim what is rightfully ours!"

A hundred knights, some of which he had fired the day before, how was this possible!
"NO!" he said again, "I, Yoichi Wada will not resign!".
"I still hold the key to Matsuno's power, you can do nothing but run like you did all those years ago!"

"But I have returned with the blessing of the sun, thunder and Nippon!"
"The day is ours, your reign is weak!", Sakaguchi was determined to fight.
"NONSENSE" he shouted once more.

A black knight emerged from the shadows.
The zippers the belts it was none other than...
"Nomura San defeat these fools once and for all!", Wada had no intention to give up his kingdom...
"Yes my master!", Nomura stood in front of a crowd of thousands, just one lone warrior left to defend the traitors.

"Your awkward and cringeworthy CG love stories won't save Squaresoft and won't save Nippon!"
"Takeuchi has given the signal, a new lord will arise and I.... I will save Nippon!"

"NEVER!", Wada shouted again, "The Council of Honorable Shareholders hath spoken, I remain the Grandmaster!"
"They are corrupted by the pupils of Yamauchi!", one shouted but Wada did not listen.
"I can defeat all of you!" Nomura said!

The earth shook, time froze, the savior had he arrived too soon? Was Nomura too strong for the ever weakening forces who walked the mist?

"NAY!" a bolt of lightning aimed at Sakaguchi reflected from ones sunglasses.
"Mikami san?... how?", Takeuchi who had rushed to the scene couldn't believe what he saw.
"Return to your exile, or face the punishment of a thousand ports!"
Just when Takeuchi wanted to deliver the final blow to his rival a ray of sun light reached his eyes!. "Nooooo... I can't see!". Ever wearing sunglasses Mikami stood proud and victorious.
"We have won!, We have won!" Suda said with delight.

"NEVER", Wada and his Black Knight still remained, not the combined forces of Nippon could stop their ever lasting reign. Untill...

"I had Returned!" everyone trembled, as the mighty god returned. "Matsuno san!" "I blinded you years ago! This isn't possible!". A melody was heard, Uematsu removed Wada's evil spell from Nomura.

"You have nothing left, Squaresoft is mine again!", Sakaguchi closed in on his mortal enemy.
Wada jumped up from his throne. mumbling, shouting, raging. He was sidestepped, this crisis was too much. A dragon emerged from the depths of the sea and saved Wada. "He who follows us awaits death!" a lone rider on the creature said.
"Thou had forsaken Krazy Ken, Thou will forever be under our control!"

The dragon flew to black castle in Kyoto. Everyone knew that they had indeed awoken the sleeping giant and that they would be under its evil control for a long time to come. The forces of the west were also growing stronger and Nippon could not compete. Today however, was a day of celebration, Squaresoft had been freed from the traitors, never to be corrupted again and Sakaguchi locked Nomura away in the dungeons of iPhone development.
 
Is it possible he's gone completely insane, and this project is a figment of his imagination?

Most of the photos with other people would have you believe he's holding it together, but I'm starting to doubt.
 
gregor7777 said:
Is it possible he's gone completely insane, and this project is a figment of his imagination?

Most of the photos with other people would have you believe he's holding it together, but I'm starting to doubt.
He's been insane for a while now. Everyone in the picture is really just him. He thought he was with a bunch of industry people and friends, but he's really alone in all those pictures and he's just imagining them.
 
clashfan said:
That is a pretty strange statement. Maybe he's talking about finishing a milestone?
Well, I guess this could mean that Atlus is publishing it actually.

They do tend to announce most of their projects 3-6 months before launch so they look polished during the entire (and less costly since its shorter) marketing campaign.

gregor7777 said:
Is it possible he's gone completely insane, and this project is a figment of his imagination?

Most of the photos with other people would have you believe he's holding it together, but I'm starting to doubt.
I think he's just becoming really disenfranchised with his inability to make the games he wants and have them be financially successful.
 
Nirolak said:
They're in the finishing stage, yet the game still isn't announced. I kind of wonder if this will be another zero marketing release.
Isn't it possible that he means an initial version or a prototype of the game?

edit: wow beaten by a mile.
 
Gomu Gomu said:
Isn't it possible that he means an initial version or a prototype of the game?

edit: wow beaten by a mile.
I don't think you can really be rushed into a prototype though, can you?

I mean, prototypes can exist at all sorts of functionality levels, so I'd assume he means he at least needs to get the game into an alpha state that meets the actual definition of alpha (as in feature complete).
 
cosmicblizzard said:
Does that mean it could be on consoles other than 360? Is that deal with Microsoft over? What exactly was the deal anyway? Was it for a certain amount of games?
It was most likely a "Right of first refusal" contract, meaning that Microsoft had to be offered the first chance to publish their games, but if Microsoft refused to, then any other publisher could publish the games instead.
 
Nirolak said:
It was most likely a "Right of first refusal" contract, meaning that Microsoft had to be offered the first chance to publish their games, but if Microsoft refused to, then any other publisher could publish the games instead.
Hmmm, so we don't know for sure if that applies to a certain number of games or all games. If it's the latter, they might as well be a versatile second party.
 

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Err I think his project is the first iteration, not the final game, and they are about to finalize it. Basically, the version needed to show the game to the press for the first time.

Also, Sakaguchi is in the new Kingdom Hearts game on PSP as a character. Pretty cool:D (Kotaku had a scan).
 
FateBreaker said:
Why can't I have Lost Odyssey II and Blue Dragon II?

WHY NOT?!?!?!?
Technically the two DS games are in essence Blue Dragon II.

As for why you can't have them on a console, it's because Microsoft recently had almost all of their top executives changed and the new team decided to take a new strategy of making profitable core games (Halo, Crackdown, etc) and also make a large expansion into the casual sector (with Natal).

Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon cost a lot of money, but in the end they didn't make a lot. Microsoft achieved their goal of getting Japanese developers to make games for the Xbox 360, which was actually one of the main reasons they were trying to get a hardware presence in the region, but since console gaming is mostly dying in Japan and they have achieved their original goal, they decided to cut their losses and bail out of making big budget retail games targeted at the Japanese market.

It's unfortunate, but it also seems to be the reality of the situation.
 
Nirolak said:
Well, I guess this could mean that Atlus is publishing it actually.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!

Don't be absurd. Atlus isn't retarded enough to publish something which won't sell. :p

Nirolak said:
Technically the two DS games are in essence Blue Dragon II.
Sure. They're BD2 in the same vein as FFX-2 and FFXIIRW. :p
 
duckroll said:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!

Don't be absurd. Atlus isn't retarded enough to publish something which won't sell. :p
Maybe it's being published by... Atlus U.S.A. :p

Sure. They're BD2 in the same vein as FFX-2 and FFXIIRW. :p
I like to greatly stretch the use of the word "technically".
 
grandjedi6 said:
The series sells well enough in the US, which is the only reason it's still being made at all. Atlus USA handles the bulk of any decision regarding the series now. Atlus Japan doesn't really give a crap.

Nirolak said:
Maybe it's being published by... Atlus U.S.A. :p
I don't think they have the money to fund game development...