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 Final Fantasy Tactics  creator Matsuno's Kickstarter takes in $120k+ so far
Final Fantasy Tactics creator Matsuno's Kickstarter takes in $120k+ so far
January 14, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

Today, Playdek -- creators of popular mobile trading card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer -- launched a Kickstarter for Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians, a new strategy RPG designed by Yasumi Matsuno, who's known for games such as Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Vagrant Story.

The game was already due to head to iOS and Android, but if the campaign meets its $600,000 goal, it'll head to PC and Mac, "fully developed for agnostic platform play" across all target devices. Stretch goals include support for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

Moreover, if certain goals are met, Matsuno will be joined by frequent collaborators Hitoshi Sakimoto (composer on Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, among other games) and Alexander O. Smith (translator and writer on Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy XII, among others.)

As of this writing, despite having been up less than 24 hours, the campaign has already taken in over $120,000. While Kickstarter has become increasingly popular for game developers, veterans of popular franchises have in particular seen great success on the platform.

Japanese creators are so far less likely to pursue crowdfunding, however, with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's successful Mighty No. 9 the first major campaign from a Japanese industry veteran. Also unusual is the fact that Matsuno is working with Carlsbad, California-based Playdek and not a Japanese studio; his last released game, Crimson Shroud, was developed with Fukuoka, Japan-based Level-5. Matsuno left the company after that project's completion.

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Benjamin Quintero
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Name-dropping a title like FF:Tactics is setting yourself up for unattainable expectations. I have never heard of these guys before. I sure hope they know what they are signing on for.

Homer Garcia
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You seriously don't know Yasumi Matsuno? I would like you to know that he is the one who created the underrated Ogre Battle games before heading to Squaresoft developing Final Fantasy Tactics.

Later on, he became the main writer of Final Fantasy 12(hence the co-relation of the mythos of FF12 and FFT) and later on worked under Guild 1 and his game called Crimson Shroud for the 3DS. You should research my friend.

Christian Nutt
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Ascension was really well liked by other Gamasutra staffers -- it's popular and well-reviewed. They aren't novices.

What worries me more is the art style. Generic Western fantasy stuff will be completely be unable to compare to Minagawa's art direction and Yoshida's character design. But they haven't really revealed, well, anything... so I'll try and keep an open mind about it for now.

Benjamin Quintero
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Agreed on art style. The dark western style is hot right now so I look at those concepts and see DarkSouls:Tactics not FF. Strange enough, I might have liked it more if they didnt mention FF because now Im only going to compare this to probably what is my favorite tactics game of all time.

Mike Griffin
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In their announce video we have the team leads professing their appreciation for Matsuno's work, growing up with FF Tactics, stuff like that. I, too, was scarcely aware of this studio. It seems like the partnership came out of a serendipitous meeting between Matsuno and a friend of the chief of Playdek - a big fan of his work.

Zack Wood
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Good luck to them. Everyone is doing Kickstarter these days...

GDI Doujins
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Matsuno should have had a subtitled short video segment telling his role in the project; otherwise he just feels too distant.

$1.8M goal, man. I need a non-pixellated tactics game on Vita. And it isn't complete without Basiscape. Crimson Shroud left me wanting more, so I'm okay with download-only on handheld as long as they provide a full console experience.