Final Fantasy Contributors Involved in Galapagos RPG

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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When Compile Heart announced that they are making games tailored specifically for the Japanese audience, it was subject to much criticism by fans around the world. Determined to meet this goal, however, a new game, currently known as Galapagos RPG, is in development with the surprising involvement of artist Yoshitaka Amano and composer Nobuo Uematsu, contributors to the earlier Final Fantasy games.

The project title, Galapagos is suggestive to the term, “Galapagos syndrome,” which is the isolation to a specific region of a developed product, whose kind is made to be available and accessible around the globe. JRPGs can be played and appreciated by everyone around the globe, but this one game, among others by Compile Heart, is under development for a specific market.

There’s not much to be said about the trailer other than its series of gritty-looking images drawn by Yoshitaka Amano, and large bold text stating the involvement of Nobuo Uematsu’s new band, The Earthbound Papas. Uematsu previously had a band called The Black Mages. This game will be developed by the Neptunia team, creators of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.

This will be one of a number of games in recent years that Uematsu and Amano have worked together on, another being Level-5’s Fantasy Life. Unless a localization effort is made by western publishers, it may be displeasing to a lot of their fans around the globe if they will not be able to get a hold of this game.

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About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.




  • DesmaX

    Neptunia Victory is surprisingly good. Hope it’s just as good as it, at least

  • On the one hand I want anything Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshitaka Amano are both attached to… But Compile Hearts… Ehhhh that’s another story… I’m always hesitant when I see them, Gust or Idea Factory attached to a label I’ve been disappointed by them to many times to trust them. But Uematsu and Amano are powerful names to throw around so… we’ll see I guess!