Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, recently took part in a candid exchange with a Square Enix employee in which he told the company to stop endlessly rehashing the same game.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, generally credited with creating the Final Fantasy series, left his executive vice president position at Square in 2004 to start his own studio, Mistwalker, responsible for Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey.

In a (light-hearted and friendly) Twitter based exchange with game designer Takashi Tokita, current head of one of Square Enix’s development divisions, he was surprisingly frank:

Sakaguchi : “What about if you stopped all the rehashing of Final Fantasy?”

Tokita : “We’re planning to!”

Sakaguchi fields scepticism about his own current project, “The Last Story”:

Ahiru0026: “Last Story sounds just like a Final Fantasy rehash from its title alone, what’s up with that then?”

Sakaguchi : “If you tried it, I think you’d see it’s not in any way a rehash.”

Few could help but sympathise with Sakaguchi’s comments – Japan’s gaming industry, and in particular its RPG segment, have become stultifyingly unoriginal in recent years, failing to innovate in any significant fashion save moderate improvements in graphics.

Even Square Enix boss Wada, known to be a fan of western games, has given hints that the franchise may finally move on – might change finally be in the air?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    finally, a change

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantsy: Yes It's For Real

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    Comment by tyciol
    19:23 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to hand it to Ahiru though, the title alone, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i mean, if they want to lose out in all that money, let them go ahead. I'd take the profits over feelings. Which is why should they remake FFVII, they'll be beyond all the riches they could imagine.

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:39 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is not that they're rehashing it, the problem is that they SUCK at doing it....

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remakes coming???

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 28/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remakes, Remakes everywhere...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Game company's are too pussy to try anything new, follow the trends will earn them more money... look at all the RPG games that came out before, how they were different.

    Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure

    Azure Dreams

    Star Ocean

    Valkyrie Profile


    Breath of Fire



    Chrono Trigger

    Act Raiser

    And many more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you really blame them? Making a game today is a lot more costly than it was say back when Earthbound came out. Taking a chance in today's industry could mean risking everything. The most recent example I know of is Psychonauts. Psychonauts was a really good game, in my opinion, but a huge financial loss for Majesco, its publisher. Even if a development team is will and able to work outside the box, a publisher might not be so willing to sign on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:09 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japan’s gaming industry, and in particular its RPG segment, have become stultifyingly unoriginal in recent years, failing to innovate in any significant fashion save moderate improvements in graphics."

    Valkyria Chronicles says fuck you buddy

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    13:10 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So i should expect a Final Fantasy 1 HDDVDBLURAYOMGWTFBBQ 69th anniversary edition tomorrow then?

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    Comment by Hyra911
    13:37 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Final and the last, I wonder if any of em live up to their name, being final and last I mean.
    Oh wait, we had have a lot of "final" here, so I guess the "final" is out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nuuuuuuuuuu~ D:
    I want a FFXXX !

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    Comment by RunttheCosmic
    12:39 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please expound upon what was new and different about it. I'm interested to hear what you have to say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do any of you guys know why final fantasy is called final fantasy? Some people criticize the name but it makes sense if you know the background info.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *raises hand*

    i do, and i think it's a neat bit of information. kind of a charming success story, really. way to go, sakaguchi. \o/

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    Comment by taz0x
    15:26 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i love the guy who commented about Last Story, laughed my ass off

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese were never known for originality. To expect it now out of the blue is silly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:09 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean like how America has rehashed the same games for years?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you mean how America is full of retards (oh wait, redundant lolol)? They SHOULD just stick to fucking their greasy fuckass cheeseburgers or whatnot, taking a bath in the grease of the burgers, getting fat to the point that they die like how that fat piece of shit died in Se7en. Yeah. That's "The American Dream." Toss in some niggers, and lack of quality in everything, there, that's America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 28/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh boy! someones mad they weren't born in America :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 28/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I know. Somebody's jealous of our freedom.. 'Merika, Fuck yeah!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:31 13/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You mean like how America has rehashed the same games for years?"

    Well there's only so much you can do with the FPS genre. There's way more originality in our indie games and RPGs.

    I think it's beyond pathetic that the RPG genre, which has so much room for creativity, is so uncreative in Japan given their undying love for them. Same can be said for anime and manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I personally really like FFIX becuase it sort of went back to the old FF criteria, although I'm currenlty trapped in a castle in FFII, grr stupid magic system

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the last good jrpg was shadow hearts 2, not another rehashed square-enix rpg that's for sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 19/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, Radiant Historia and Dragon Quest IX say hi

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Last Story looks very much like Final Fantasy from the bits that have been released so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pfft final fantasy is dead, and square-enix is as unoriginal and uninspired as the mound of compost their games rot in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 19/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if Final Fantasy XV will still come out for WiiU. If not, well it's not like they don't speak the truth, except for one little detail: Square Enix currently depends economically on names such as "Final Fantasy" "Kingdom Hearts" and "Dragon Quest" how are they gonna emancipate from such franchises when the time comes while keeping the company strong is beyond me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 18/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final fantasy has become less and less original and more of a ran-down "westernized" game in the years gone by.

    It's lost it's innovation to be different and constantly tries to butt-kiss retardation as much as possible.

    The stories are a bore, the combat is the old turn-attack table crap, and the male characters are always angsty or ditzy.

    It's like no one tries to be different anymore and if they do their too afraid. So their never released or their butchered down.

    *Sigh* I'll be glad when America stops being such asshat on video-games and allows some creativity to happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 27/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're doing it wrong.(square-enix that is...) Each story is suppose to be a Final story in its own Fantasy right. No sequel. No spin-off. Nada. Make one and move on whether it sinks or float.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 12/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's sad is that they wouldn't have to move on but the gameplay is so stale and repetitive since 7... too many teenager angst/love storylines meh :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 13/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone remember the Final Fantasy series for the original GameBoy- Final Fantasy Legends I II III and Adventure... For those of you who are Poke'mon fans - talk about rehashing... Poke'mon games simply copied the Battle system from Final Fantasy Legends.

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    Comment by casiopao
    23:41 12/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well so the person who had the same fate as Tomino has increased by another number.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone needs to travel back in time and kill FF VII and this would never have happened!

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    Comment by El Chaos
    23:55 08/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, "Father of Final Fantasy: 'Stop Rehashing Final Fantasy!'"

    Kitase, on Lost Odyssey: “What about if you stopped all the rehashing of Final Fantasy and simmonising Shadow Hearts' judgement ring bullshit, eventually outputting a game that's even worse than its already rock-bottom-hitting inspirations?”

    Sakaguchi: “It's the only kind of shit game I know how to design, don't be so mean. :( ”

    Haha. And I can't believe that Last Story bit, the guy deserves the Epic Hack award, rofl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    epic hack award. lulz. is he hacking himself? XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Change? Ha! I'll believe it when I SEE it!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japan’s gaming industry, and in particular its RPG segment, have become stultifyingly unoriginal in recent years, failing to innovate in any significant fashion save moderate improvements in graphics."

    As opposed to western games that are all fun and innovation?

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    Comment by Reichi
    04:52 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Last Story sounds like an FF title, huh? Hmm, so does every other game title in the genre~
    Seriously, I think they should've ended the series after 10. I thought XIII was pretty good story-wise, but it just isn't the same anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surely you mean after 9? ~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ryu ga gotoku is the best franchise left in japan. Its cinematically better than FF and more manly, it not filled with girlie boys and teen drama, it's fucking adult!

    Make FF adult, I want to see cloud cut of sepiroth's head than celebrate by raping tifa, fuck the teenie shit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is Square-Enix?

    Since Uematsu and Sakaguchi left, a bunch of scavengers who use their past glory to keep in releasing their fanservice crap...

    It would be good if they remade their older games with the newer tecnology, but JRPG needs to innovate or else American RPGs will take over the entire market.

    by the way, Lost Odisey was a masterpiece

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    Comment by Phenie
    05:05 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't they try and change things with FF13?

    It failed in their faces.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How? By filling the game with porcelain dolls and bishounen, and no story to speak of?
    They keep trying to rely more on the (frankly uninspired and way too "pretty") looks than on putting some effort in coming up with a decent story which isn't the same tripe over and over again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it me, or the only changes that have been added to RPGs are the attempts to make them NOT RPGs?

    like Mass Effect 2 and FFXIII

    rather than building upon what RPGs do right, it seems like companies want to get rid of the genre entirely


    is it too hard fro them?


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    err... mass effect has always been a mish mash of genres. you can't just plop it into the RPG category because it doesn't fit that mold, really.

    just sayin'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but XIII is so linear! what the hell is he talking about?

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    Comment by hide1000
    05:49 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    we need some new blood!!
    or square enix can just make a mind-blowing Hgame =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was the most times I have ever seen the word Rehash in any one article.

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