RUMOR UPDATED: Next Game by Sakaguchi Won’t Be Announced Tuesday, After All

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Hironobu Sakaguchi News Is the Best News of the Year (or It Would Have Been If It Weren't Just a Joke)

Update—Feb. 22, 2014, 4:36 PM

Phil Spencer has confirmed he was joking, after all. It’s all in good fun. Let’s just hope we’ll hear about Sakaguchi’s next game soon. Next-gen could use some solid RPGs, regardless of platform.

Phil Spencer Was Only Joking

Phil Spencer confirms he was joking about Sakaguchi game

Original Article

A post on Neogaf suggests that on Tuesday Microsoft may announce a game being developed for them by legendary game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi. The information was revealed in a conversation on Twitter between user SenjutsuSage and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In it SenjutsuSage jokingly asks the boss of Microsoft Studios when they will be ready to talk about a hypothetical Xbox One game from Sakaguchi. Instead of simply  ignoring the request Spencer took the time to cryptically respond “Tuesday…”

Twitter “confirmation” of an Xbox One exclusive by Hironobu Sakaguchi

This is far from a direct confirmation of Sakaguchi’s next work being an Xbox One exclusive, but it wouldn’t be the first time one of his games was a console exclusive. Also interesting to note is what Phil Spencer said in an interview with Famitsu Magazine last September about exclusive Xbox One titles for Japan market:

I think we’ll be announcing these titles once the Xbox One release date draws closer. Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey on the Xbox 360 were wonderful experiences, and I’m looking forward to forming partnerships with new developers for this system as well. I feel it’s going well, that we’ll be able to respond to the ‘love’ Japan games fans have for Xbox One.

In the Neogaf thread and on Twitter fans are speculating that the game could be a sequel to Sakaguchi’s last Microsoft-exclusive Lost Odyssey, or maybe even a second Last Story, though that would be a major loss for Nintendo. Perhaps even more exciting would be the announcement of a brand new series by Mistwalker for next-gen systems. Either way the hinted at date is so close that we won’t have to wait long to find out how true any of this is.

So what do you all think? Would you buy an Xbox One for the next game by Sakaguchi?

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  • Tzuba

    Preeetty sure Nintendo owns The Last Story IP… Sooo… Yeah

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Yeah I don’t think it’s going to be that either. I’d love to see a new IP

    • XypherCode

      I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP but they do own the publishing rights for the game and it just so happens Xseed was for the Americas. I’m not sure though so I might be wrong with this. I can’t find any reference that Ninty really owns the IP. Did they finance the development?

    • onepiecem7

      Yes, is a Nintendo IP.

  • Sabrina Nguyen

    If it is Last Story 2, I don’t care if it’s for Xbox One.. just please, Wii U as well.
    I’ve been dying for a sequel to TLS to sit with the first.

    • Tzuba

      It’s not going to be. Nintendo owns the IP. Only nintendo can have “Last Story” games.

  • Keichi Morisato

    this still won’t entice me to buy an Xbox One, because i know that after the launch of the system, first party games and worthwhile exclusives will dry up like my great-grandmother’s vagina.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Hopefully you don’t have a lot of experience with that…

    • Keichi Morisato

      unfortunately i do… she has dementia, blind, and is paralyzed from the waist down, and no one in my family other than me is willing to take care of her.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      I’m not sure how to respond to that honestly other than saying sorry to hear that if true and I’m bowing out.

    • Keichi Morisato

      well… shit happens, gotta make the most of it.

  • James Best

    I got all excited up until I saw that it was for the Xbox One.

  • Vinicius

    I will never buy Xbox just for sakaguchi’s exclusives, I loved Lost Odissey but it didn’t justify buying the console. I’ll wait for The Last Story 2 on WiiU.

    • Keichi Morisato

      what if it is a true successor to Blue Dragon?

    • Vinicius

      As much as I love Blue Dragon, it’s not as good as Lost Odyssey, so it’s not sufficient to convince me to buy a Xbone.

    • Thanatos2k

      Blue Dragon wasn’t that good….of all the Xbox360 JRPGs it was solidly at the bottom of the pile. Yes, even under Infinite Undiscovery and Magna Carta 2.

    • Keichi Morisato

      i loved it, and it’s cliches, it never took itself too seriously and always had a fun time. it reminded me of the anime i grew up with in the 90’s.

    • Vinicius

      This guy explains perfectly why I loved Blue Dragon.

  • Talera Ristain

    I already have a One, so i’d be set.

  • zeezee

    I really don’t want this to be true. While I bought my 360 for Lost Odyssey when it was released, I have no intention of buying an XBone. I hope that Sakaguchi’s next game is on Wii U, PS4, or one of the portables.

  • Thanatos2k

    It was easy to tell it was fake – when is the last time an exclusive JRPG was developed for a Microsoft console? Tales of Vesperia six YEARS ago? Oh wait, that got a PS3 version, didn’t it.

    The Xbox is where JRPGs go to die. The 360 was a cruel bait and switch, pretending like it was going to be a platform for JRPGs before they vanished entirely leaving you with a brick gathering dust.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      For me its fakeness was more in the
      “Humour me.”

      Dude got humoured. That was it.

  • multibottler0cket

    Don’t scare me like that! I’m still hoping for a nice turn based RPG for Wii U from Mistwalker.

  • Gilberto

    i own an xbox one and I’m looking into trading for a ps4 soon if he announces he is making a new game for xbox one i am keeping my xbox one indefinitely.