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Hironobu Sakaguchi Directing The Last Story

Final Fantasy creator in the director's seat for the first time in 18 years.

Hironobu Sakaguchi (photo from Nintendo's Iwata Asks column).

Nintendo has been posting a series of development blogs for The Last Story over the past few months. These columns have been penned by unnamed people listed as only "director" and "producer."

We found out today the reason for all the secrecy. It turns out that the game's director is Mistwalker CEO and Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi himself.

As detailed at an Iwata Asks column that Nintendo posted today, this is the first time Sakaguchi has been in the director's seat in 18 years.

Although Sakaguchi has been heavily associated with many of his recent projects, notably Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, Sakaguchi says in the Iwata Asks column that the last game he fully directed was Final Fantasy V. There was a "gray period" where he would "direct half" a game, though. This gray period includes games like Final Fantasy VI.

According to Sakaguchi, The Last Story is the fifth game he's directed.

The Iwata Asks column does not say who the game's producer is. Most of the development blog entries included passages from both a producer and director, so it's presumable that the producer is different from Sakaguchi.

With its first Iwata Asks column now available, perhaps the wait won't be long for The Last Story.

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