In a world where many say predicting a trilogy is bad luck, Hironobu Sakaguchi just announced his team’s next eight games.
Back in June, the Final Fantasy creator revealed a plan to turn his popular mobile role-playing game Terra Battle into a franchise. It starts with a direct sequel, Terra Battle 2, coming this summer. It follows with the claymation-styled Terra Wars, due later this year. Then comes a grab bag of six other games in the Terra World series — roughly one a year for six years, each with a unique setting and concept.
The idea, Sakaguchi says, is to mirror what he did with the Final Fantasy franchise, which he oversaw for nine games. And, on a persona level, he wants to tie a nice bow on this phase of his career.
“I'm sort of looking at my own calendar here,” he tells Polygon. “I'm 54 right now and 60 is the age when many people retire in Japan. There’s a ceremony you have called your Kanreki. It’s a major milestone and you have a big celebration …
“And now that I’ve announced the third Terra game, if you do the math and subtract 54 from 60, you’ll see that — if I do it right — I have just barely enough time to finish the last one before I turn 60. It’d be great to have that as a milestone where I could look back and celebrate releasing them all.”
Do the math and you’ll see he actually needs to finish the last six in just over five years — a plan with little room for error in an industry built on delays. Despite that, Sakaguchi seems confident he can make it happen, with plans to develop multiple projects in parallel and work with a variety of external studios to minimize the risk.
But, he adds, that doesn’t mean he’s going to retire in 2022.Read More...
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