Hironobu Sakaguchi may retire after finishing Fantasian

Hironobu Sakaguchi retire retirement Mistwalker Corporation Final Fantasy creator

We recently reported on how Mistwalker head and Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi had stated that legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu might be finished composing full game soundtracks after the completion of Fantasian. However, in a lengthy interview with VGC, Sakaguchi expressed that he himself might be the next to retire. You can find VGC’s question and Sakaguchi’s response below:

Speaking of ageing, you’ve recently said that you think this may be the last time Uematsu-san composes an entire soundtrack for a game. If Fantasian does well and is considered a success, are you starting to feel like it may be time to retire too?

Yes, I think it is certainly possible that this could be my last project, and that was kind of in the back of my mind as we were developing it.

However, based off other aspects of the interview, there is encouraging reason to believe Hironobu Sakaguchi will not retire right away and will likely continue toiling away on something. After all, on the subject of potential remasters and remakes of previous Mistwalker games like The Last Story, Sakaguchi largely dismissed the idea specifically because he is more interested in creating hypothetical new things. If he were seriously preparing to throw in the towel in the near future, one might think he would answer the question differently.

Either way, the future is unwritten, as Sakaguchi explained elsewhere in the interview, “To be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t given much thought to the next steps for the company (after finishing Fantasian) or where we want to go, and I think I could use a bit of vacation time in between now and whatever it is we do next.”

Fantasian will release in two parts, with the second part being more quest-oriented than story-oriented, suggesting yet another parallel with Final Fantasy VI.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!