Mistwalker – the RPG studio created by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi after he left Square – has released few mostly good Japanese Style Role Playing Games in their few years of operation: Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey were both released for Microsoft’s Xbox 36o to mostly positive reviews. For the next title to come out of the studio and the legendary producer’s imagination, a different route was chosen. Instead of releasing their third original IP on the 360 or even an HD console like the PS3, Mistwalker decided to release their next game “The Last Story” exclusively on the Nintendo Wii. Which caused many gamers to suspect that this new title would use motion control in some way.
Throughout its development gamers and journalists have remarked on the games similarity to Sakaguchi’s own Final Fantasy series – even right down to the fact that even “Last Story” sounds thematically the same as “Final Fantasy”. Screenshots and early trailers only helped add fuel to this speculation, as The Last Story even looks like an entry into the Final Fantasy franchise. Well the world at large doesn’t have that long to wait for the answer as the game is due to release in Japan on January 27, 2011 (an Western release hasn’t been announced as of yet, but chances are extremely good that we’ll hear of one soon). To promote the release, and to get that all important word of mouth spreading through all of Tokyo, Mistwalker has released a quick 30 second trailer of the game that gives a good look at the game itself, along with a taste of the game’s plot. Of course the trailer is entirely in Japanese, but its always nice to see how the game has progressed:
And as if the trailer wasn’t enough to get your JRPG juices flowing – an article over at Destructiod is also reporting that The Last Story has “no shake controls” , meaning the game will not feature any tacked on Motion Controls at all. Does this mean the game will be playable with just the classic controller? I guess we’ll have to see. But don’t think that this lack of motion means The Last Story will eventually appear on other consoles – as word is Nintendo was “extremely involved” in the creation of Last Story, along with Sakaguchi and Mistwalker.
If any more details come out of the launch of this anticipated RPG – we’ll let you know.