It might seem odd that someone as iconic as the creator of Final Fantasy has been dabbling in mobile games over the past few years, but Hironobu Sakaguchi has made a career on attempting to capitalize on what he feels are the most promising areas of the industry. Unfortunately for gamers, however, that has meant that Sakaguchi and his Mistwalker studio haven’t had a major console release in quite some time, despite the fact that its library of games includes early hits like Blue Dragon and the recently backward compatible Lost Odyssey.
Still, the genius behind what has become one of the gaming’s biggest series has been busy behind the scenes. After a report emerged late last year that Mistwalker would release a game in 2017, it seemed like only a matter of time before an official announcement was made. Earlier today, that announcement finally came, as Mistwalker will be unveiling its newest game on June 22 during a Famitsu live stream.
While there hasn’t been much in the way of detail regarding the game, it seems to be a bigger deal than the relatively low-key mobile releases that Mistwalker has become known for over the past five years. Sakaguchi has recruited Final Fantasy and gaming music legend Nobuo Uematsu as one of the guests for the streaming event, and with the 30th-anniversary celebrations for Final Fantasy still fresh, all signs point to the fact that Mistwalker could be embarking on a big JRPG undertaking in honor of Sakaguchi’s roots in the industry.
Other than the fact the announcement will be taking place and that Uematsu will be a guest during the stream, however, no information has been provided on Mistwalker’s new game or what platforms it will be on at this time. Unfortunately, it appears that the stream will only air in Japanese, so interested parties who don’t speak the language will have to wait for an official translation during or after the event. Still, Sakaguchi’s name carries a lot of weight in the RPG genre, and fans of JRPG gameplay will likely cross their fingers for an ambitious project from the innovative mind behind the earliest days of Final Fantasy.