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Hironobu Sakaguchi

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Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信 Sakaguchi Hironobu?) (born November 25, 1962) is a video game designer and the creator of the Final Fantasy franchise. He left Square Enix and founded the studio Mistwalker in 2004.

Sakaguchi has had a long in gaming with over 100 million units of video games sold worldwide. Sakaguchi took the leap from games to film when he took the directorial role in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, an animated motion picture based on the Final Fantasy franchise. However, the movie was a box office failure, and lead to the closure of Square Pictures.

As a game designer, Sakaguchi has set standards of creativity that continue to be both influential in the way games are created and played. A long time proponent of bringing together the story telling vehicle of film and the interactive elements of games, Sakaguchi continues to move the industry by creating imaginative and beautiful stories through both media. The Final Fantasy series has sold more than 40 million units worldwide and continue to be a popular franchise.

Games credited[edit]

These are the Final Fantasy-related games that Sakaguchi has worked on.

Year Title Platform Direct role(s) Other credit(s) References
1987 Final Fantasy Nintendo Entertainment System Director
1988 Final Fantasy II Famicom Director
1990 Final Fantasy III Famicom Director
1991 Final Fantasy IV Super Nintendo Entertainment System Director
1992 Final Fantasy V Super Nintendo Entertainment System Director
1994 Final Fantasy VI Super Nintendo Entertainment System Original story Producer
1996 Bahamut Lagoon Super Nintendo Entertainment System Supervisor
1997 Final Fantasy VII PlayStation Original story Producer
1997 Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation Producer
1998 Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring PlayStation Supervisor
1998 Chocobo's Dungeon 2 PlayStation Producer
1999 Final Fantasy VIII PlayStation Executive producer
1999 Chocobo Racing PlayStation Executive producer
1999 Chocobo Stallion PlayStation Executive producer
2000 Vagrant Story PlayStation Executive producer
2000 Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Scenario Producer
2001 Final Fantasy X PlayStation 2 Executive producer
2002 Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 2 Executive producer
2002 Final Fantasy XI PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows Executive producer
2003 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance Executive producer
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 PlayStation 2 Executive producer
2006 Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Special thanks
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