Hironobu Sakaguchi ‘in planning stage’ for new projects after receiving multiple offers

Despite numerous hints over the years that he might be slipping into something resembling retirement, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi seems to be far from done making games.

In an interview with IGN, Sakaguchi confirmed that he’s been approached with an offer or two for new projects he’s currently considering…between sessions of Final Fantasy 14.

“They’re still in the planning stage, where we’re deciding how the business will operate and making deals, so it’s not like we’ve started actual development, but I think I’ll be working on something. thing, he said. “Of course, the more concrete these plans start to look, the more I feel like I need to play FF14 while I still can.”

Sakaguchi has been spending a lot of time playing lately, especially Final Fantasy 14, although he added in the same interview that he wasn’t interested in getting involved in its development and didn’t want to. learn inside information about it, for fear it will ruin his experience as a player and his ability to connect with the FF14 community.

But he also plays other games, trying to spend as much time as possible before embarking on a new project.

Hironobu Sakaguchi characters in Final Fantasy 14

“When I’m really involved in making a game, I have surprisingly little time for anything else,” he said. “I play games once I’m done making one. I played Ghost of Tsushima because the timing was perfect. Once I start a new game, I want to play to whatever’s new when I’m done…but that’s why I want to at least play Horizon Forbidden West before I start my next game.”

Our full interview with Sakaguchi included a discussion of his experience in Final Fantasy 14 so far, and his thoughts on the game from the perspective of someone who created the franchise but hasn’t been involved in it at all. the creation of the MMORPG.

We also previously spoke to Sakaguchi about her latest release, Fantasian, and how she was inspired by Final Fantasy 6 and her love for her family.

Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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