Yasumi Matsuno, the designer of Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story, has left Level-5.
We've had our say. You've had your say. But what about the people who made the games? What were their favourites of the year just ended? Yes, it's that time of year again, when we pester our favourite creators for their reflections and then watch them show us up with their witty and insightful explanations.
PSP role-player trumpets tomorrow's launch.
Did Yasumi Matsuno jump or was he pushed? The truth behind the departure of the game designer – whose work includes such heavyweight classics as Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics – from Square Enix, three quarters of the way through the development of Final Fantasy XII, may never be known.
The company claimed it was due to illness, while insiders pointed to a growing rift between the producer and other executives. Regardless, whether due to infection, disaffection or a non-compete clause in his severance package – and other than having a hand in the script for Platinum Games' MadWorld – it appeared as though Matsuno had left game-making for good.
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a comeback then, but of the cyclical variety. Originally released for the Super Famicom in 1995, this medieval-themed tactical RPG impressed Square CEO Hironobu Sakaguchi enough to headhunt Matsuno from his job at Quest. This was the game that gave Matsuno a shot at the big time – and in this exquisite, loving re-release, this is the game that has given him a second chance.
It's a true testament to the game that 15 years after release, the original Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is still rated as one of the best titles in its genre. In fact it was such a triumph it's featured in Famitsu's Top 20 Games list for 14 years running.
PlayStation Portable strategy RPG Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together includes a copy of the game, a 44-page hardback artbook The World of Tactics Ogre, an exclusive mini soundtrack CD and a 50 per cent off PSN voucher for cult Square JRPG Vagrant Story.
Square Enix will launch PlayStation Portable strategy RPG Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together in Europe and other PAL territories on 25th February.
Let Us Cling Together is a remake of the 1995 SNES classic with reworked visuals and effects, a re-arranged sountrack by the original composers, new character growth mechanics and a new Wheel of Fortune system.
Some of the original team have got together to work on the game, including director Hiroshi Minagawa, designer Yasumi Matsuno, character designers Akihiro Yoshida and Tsubasa Masao, and Hitoshi Sakimoto and Iwata Masaji on music.
PSP games Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy, The 3rd Birthday, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and Lord of Arcana will all be released in Europe between February and the end of spring 2011. Who says the PSP is dead?
PSP RPG Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together will launch on 15th February in the US, publisher Square Enix has announced.
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, the PSP remake of the classic 1995 Super NES strategy game, will be released in Europe.
SNES strategy on PSP.
Square Enix is remaking classic Japanese Super NES strategy game Tactics Ogre for the PSP.