Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi Is Interested In Working On Switch! Hironobu Sakaguchi is something of a legend in Japanese video game circles. He created Final Fantasy – Arguably one of the most popular franchises to emerge from the Land of the Rising Sun – and has also been involved with classics such as Super Mario RPG, Xenogears, Blue Dragon and The Last Story.
Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio is currently working on smartphones via his Terra Battle series . However, Sakaguchi told Forbes that he wants to work on consoles again, before praising the Nintendo Switch.
” I do want to develop games on console again at some point,” he said.
“We’re even working on Terra Battle 3 right now and maybe console will be the right fit for that.
“Just because we are developing heavily on mobile right now doesn’t mean we have completely left console behind. After all, the Nintendo Switch is a very good piece of hardware.”
“Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch features a shed-load of polish and updates, including single-JoyCon play across all eight multiplayer games, a custom Achievement system, plus the ability to take our collecting duo on the go without the need for extravagant extension leads!” reads a Playtonic blog post.
“The Playtonic team has spent many, many months optimising Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch (with technical help and support from Nintendo and Unity themselves!) and we believe we’re delivering a version Nintendo fans can be proud of.
“Players can expect a quality experience both on and away from the television and on top of that, Switch players will benefit from the huge list of updates we’ve added since launch such as a brand new camera mode, control improvements, menu options, music… and a lot more!”
The success of the Switch – and the unique possibilities it offers – is attracting a lot of developer support, so it’s hardly surprising that Sakaguchi is interested. Still, getting a developer of his talent on board would be amazing; let’s hope this is more than just a platitude and the man behind Final Fantasy really is going to bring something to Switch.
The news comes as Playtonic Games announces plans to release 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee in 2017.
The Super Mario Odyssey rival has been given a December 14 release date on Nintendo Switch.
And to ensure you receive the game the second it launches, you can pre-order from the eShop on December 7.
Even better news is that the Nintendo Switch edition comes with a host of tweaks and upgrades.