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Final Fantasy was almost called Fighting Fantasy: Creator explains actual reason behind the name

May 26 // Steven Hansen
Sakaguchi recently gave a keynote address at Kyoto's Ritsumeikan University on, "the globalization of Japanese-produced games," according to RocketNews' translation of a Famitsu article. According to Sakaguchi, the team wanted a title that had a simple abbreviation in the Roman alphabet (FF) and a four-syllable abbreviated Japanese pronunciation ("efu efu"). Because of the setting and style, "fantasy" was an easy choice. "Final" wasn't the first choice of adjective, however. The initial proposed name was "Fighting Fantasy," but it was already taken by a tabletop game. And so it is, Final Fantasy. "To be sure, we had our backs to the wall when we were developing Final Fantasy," Sakaguchi said, "but really, anything that started with an F would have been fine for the title." Of course, Sakaguchi's explanation doesn't discount the fact that "final" could've carried some import, even if it was a secondary choice shoehorned into an earlier-made decision. Famed series composed Nobuo Uematsu was thought to have clarified the origin behind the name six years ago in a Wired interview. Uematsu confirmed Sakaguchi's often repeated explanation that he would have had to quit and go back to university had the game not been successful, but at that time Uematsu agreed that the ultimate reason for the name was that Square was going belly-up and the folks working on it figured it was their last production. At the least, Sakaguchi's explanation adds a new wrinkle to what has always been an inalienable piece of gaming history. Final Fantasy creator reveals the real reason behind the “Final” part of the hit series’ title [RocketNews24]FF』はどのように世界に広がっていったのか? 坂口博信氏と浜村弘一ファミ通グループ代表が“国際日本ゲーム研究カンファレンス”にて語る [Famitsu]
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Disputes long taken for granted origin
Why's it called FINAL fantasy if there's a load of 'em, an internet commenter snickers before calling American football "hand egg" and ordering three more bacon meme t-shirts from Epic Threadz. The trodden joke has an equally...

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Terra Battle

Final Fantasy creator promises new RPG, has no ideas for it


Well, this is awkward
May 04
// Kyle MacGregor
After eclipsing the 2 million download mark with its new mobile RPG Terra Battle, Mistwalker was supposed to begin work on a console game based on the same world and characters. Thing is, that hasn't happened yet. T...
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Mega64

So *that's* how Sakaguchi got stuck making Final Fantasy after Final Fantasy


Mega64 does it again
Mar 06
// Jordan Devore
"How'd they get him?" That question comes to mind when I go back and watch some of my favorite Mega64 videos. Somehow, there have been skits with big-name creators like Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima, and Ken Kutaragi. Now here's another in that vein: "Hironobu Sakaguchi's Final Fantasy." Did he just staple his computer monitor? He just stapled his computer monitor.

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Mistwalker

Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to receive GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award


I think I'm due next year
Feb 03
// Steven Hansen
Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and founder of Mistwalker (Last Story) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards in March. The award show will be strea...
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Hironobu Sakaguchi shares old concept trailer for Cry On
Cry On, an ill-fated role-playing game co-developed by Mistwalker and now-defunct studio Cavia, has reappeared after being put on ice six years ago. Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker founder Hironobu Sakaguchi shared the ...

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Mistwalker ballet game

Final Fantasy creator might make a ballerina game


Should Terra Battle do well, Mistwalker could develop a dancing game next
Sep 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Destructoid recently caught up with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to discuss Mistwalker's next project, Terra Battle. The title is a role-playing game that draws inspiration from the tactical board game shogi (also...
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Terra Battle

Here's the first trailer and set of screens for Mistwalker's Terra Battle


Steamy card game goodness
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
The official Terra Battle website is open for business, and with it a brand new trailer and screenshots outlining the "Download Starter" model the game is set to operate on. The more the game is downloaded, the more content ...
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Terra Battle

Final Fantasy creator's next game will head to consoles if it sells 2 million


Hmm...
Aug 26
// Steven Hansen
Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) and his studio Mistwalker (Lost Odyssey) have a new mobile (iOS, Android) strategy RPG coming out this October, Terra Battle.  In the latest Famitsu (via Siliconera, Game Jouhou), ...
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Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi announces new mobile Mistwalker RPG


To debut at Japan Expo
Jul 01
// Dale North
Hironobu Sakaguchi, the man behind all of the good Final Fantasy games, and founder of Mistwalker, announced today that he'll debut his new game at Japan Expo in Paris. This July, Sakaguchi will also be the Guest of Honor at ...

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