It’s a case of handbags at dawn as two Japanese RPG developers got involved in a little verbal jousting over Mistwalker’s upcoming Wii game, The Last Story. Mistwalker boss and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was mocked by Final Fantasy Gaiden director Takashi Tokida for “rehashing” the very series he built. While most likely in jest, Sakaguchi still took the opportunity to justify his game.
The debate started when Tokida asked Sakaguchi, “How about stopping with the Final Fantasy rehashes?” The accusations were carried on in a more serious tone by a simple fan, who stated that he felt The Last Story did indeed look like it was just recreating Square Enix’s franchise.
“I think you’ll feel this once you’ve tried it. LS is not a rehash,” stated the Mistwalker chief, defending his game.
Considering we haven’t really seen anything of The Last Story yet, outside of some artwork and plot details, it’s a little early to make accusations. I think most of the “rehash” comments come simply from the fact that it’s called The Last Story, which of course sounds very similar to Final Fantasy. Just goes to show you how easy it is to influence perception with a few simple words.