SaGa Creator Wants to Announce a New Game Soon

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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The SaGa series has had its ups and downs over the years, but the series is still notable for its more Western approach to RPG design. And most (though not all) of the games are here in English (though the first trilogy in the series is known as the Final Fantasy Legend trio). It’s gained a respectable fanbase over the years as well (including some on our staff). This fanbase will be pleased to hear that a new sequel could be beginning production.

Saga Creator Akitoshi Kawazu

According to Game Jouhou (as translated by Will Whitehurst), Akitoshi Kawazu of Square Enix was a guest at SaGa and Mana music composer Kenji Ito’s concert, stating that he’d like to make a new game within the next two years. Kawazu later reconfirmed these rumors on his Twitter. “Development is slowly progressing, but we haven’t yet arrived at a point where we can announce anything,” he said. There are also reports of him using keywords of past titles he’s worked on and mention of certain collaborators.

It could be that his is just a Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles project or anything else, but this vaguely coincides with the SaGa series 25th anniversary. We also know, from an interview with 4Gamer that Mr. Kawazu is very impressed with Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, saying that he felt like it brought out the true potential of the 3DS. Could this new project come to 3DS? If it were, it would be a good idea for Square Enix to release the Final Fantasy Legend trio on eShop. Just a suggestion.

About Guy Rainey

I’m Guy Rainey. I’m a hardcore Nintendo fan, a PC enthusiast, and a Sony sympathizer. Also an amateur/aspiring game creator. I love any game that puts story as the main focus of the game, so that means JRPGs are my favorite genre almost by default.




  • RagunaXL

    wow! thanks! this might be the single best news I’ve read on this site! if it were a SaGa game I’d probably lose it 🙂 but it might not be. like you said it could very well be Crystal Chronicles. While we didn’t get the SaGa/FF Legends remakes on DS or the mobile phone’ Emporer’s Saga could it be another new stand alone-title like ‘the Last Remnant?’

  • SaGa is one of my favorite series ever. The games are always pretty flawed — sometimes seriously — but they’re always charming as hell, always incredibly experimental and unique. SaGa Frontier is definitely on my Top 10 games list of all time. If we got a SaGa sequel — or even a spiritual successor — I’d be stoked.

    • zeezee

      We technically got a SaGa game a few years ago, and it wasn’t pretty… Well, actually it looked pretty good but just wasn’t a very good game. It’s called “Last Remnant”. I played through to the second disk and just found that I was bored to death. I liked the battle system and even grew attached to some of the characters and the story.

      Unfortunately, the experience system was just too cracked out and required a very conscious effort in handling the way that you stat grind, or else you could grind yourself into a trap that’s tough to escape (enemies essentially level along with you and become immensely powerful). This really killed the game for a lot of players and was a terrible design decision. The technical problems (frame stuttering) were just the icing on the cake, though could be improved on the 360 with an install to the HD. It was another example of the types of broken games that Square-Enix are now known for. Had they only corrected these two serious faults in the game, they might have released a sleeper hit.

      Ever since completing Final Fantasy Legend, in 1990, I’ve always had mixed emotions about the series. The game mechanics have felt broken in every release and the world and characters are just plain bizarre. Older games in the series have always had the poorest localization (compared to other Square games). I’ve always wanted to like the SaGa series, but it always seems to leave a lot to be desired.

  • Thanatos2k

    A new SaGa game announcement always demands caution. You could get a SaGa Frontier, or you could get an Unlimited SaGa….

  • smacd

    Wonder if King will try and C&D SquareEnix for using the word “Saga” in their game.

    Actually, if anything, Square should be sending a C&D to King just for them being epic dicks the last few days.