Hironobu Sakaguchi Flatly Refuses to Work on Final Fantasy XIV & His Answer Makes Perfect Sense

Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi flatly refused the idea of working on Final Fantasy XIV, and his answer makes perfect sense as a FFXIV fan.đź‘€

Published: October 21, 2023 2:16 PM /


Hironobu Sakaguchi on Stage at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in London, alongside his character in the game

Today, during a panel at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in London, which TechRaptor attended in person, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was asked whether he'd work on the MMORPG.

Specifically, he was asked whether he had any interest in creating content or the scenario as a guest creator as Yasumi Matsuno did with "Save The Queen: Blades of the Gunnhildr." 

Sakaguchi-san respectfully but categorically refused the idea, providing an answer that makes perfect sense as a fan of the game.

Hironobu Sakaguchi and Naoki Yoshida on Stage at Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest in London

"Absolutely not. If I make this as part of my work, I will know what's going on behind the scenes, so I wouldn't be able to enjoy the content myself while I'm making it.

So, no offense, but no."

The answer was welcomed by resounding applause and producer and director Naoki Yoshida attempted a mediation.

I mean, look at the enthsuiasm in that applause. Of course it would be great to work together, on some sort oif content, but of course, when you put it that way, I know I cannot force you. 

Maybe I'm thinking to myself, let's just kind of ease you into it, maybe first with some seasonal content.

To that, Sakaguchi-san simply responded in English "Of course not."

Sakaguchi-san has been an avid Final Fantasy XIV player since just before the release of the Endwalker expansion.

He made headlines for speedrunning through all the previous content in a handful of weeks and posting about his experiences on his personal Twitter account (on which he also posted the featured image of his character that you can see above).

During the same event, Square Enix announced plenty of details about the new expansion Dawntrail, which is coming next summer. We also saw plenty of images of the graphical overhaul that will accompany the expansion.

We also got the confirmation of the timing of the Xbox open beta, which will add a brand new platform to the current ones Final Fantasy XIV can be played on.

Last, but not least, Square Enix announced a crossover with Final Fantasy XVI and the release date of the collaboration with Fall Guys.

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