Final Fantasy’s Sakaguchi Stands Firm as Microsoft Developer

Hironobu Sakaguchi is well known throughout the gaming community as the mastermind behind the Final Fantasy series. More recently, the industry vet ventured beyond his role at Square-Enix to form Mistwalker, the game development studio behind one of the Xbox 360’s first ever RPGs, Blue Dragon.

While many have scoffed at his decision to develop exclusively for the Xbox 360, it’s apparent that Sakaguchi has no plans to develop for any rivaling platform any time soon. Speaking to EGM, Sakaguchi stated that “there are a lot of excellent games on the 360, far better games than what’s on the Wii or PS3.” He went even further, claiming that the PlayStation 3’s system architecture is “tricky” and even pronounced his dislike for PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi.

For Nintendo fans, chances of Sakaguchi developing for the Wii anytime soon look to be just as bleak. “The system is intriguing, but right now, I have no plans on making a game for the Wii,” he claimed.

The decision to develop for Microsoft’s game system becomes even more questionable when the company’s current track record in Japan comes into account. Microsoft’s numbers in Japan pale in comparison to that of rivaling systems. According to Sakaguchi, the company’s unsuccessful endeavor may be the result of ineffective advertising: “Microsoft has to change its marketing strategy in Japan. There are a lot of excellent games on the 360, far better games than what’s on the Wii or PS3. But not a lot of people in Japan have a clear idea what games like Gears of War are all about,” he said.