The Last Story was created in a similar manner as Final Fantasy VII according to game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. That is to say that The Last Story creation revolved around the game itself, with the story being added in afterwards.
“It wasn’t a case of being ‘based on the story’, it was more that the story would be put into the game itself. This meant that I prioritised the game systems for the first time in ages – since FFVII in fact, so 13 years. Because the question back then was how to implement 3D in the game, I made the systems the priority for that game too.”
Sakaguchi went on to talk about how he decided where to add the story into the game.
“There are also places in games, such as the moment when you open a castle door for the first time, when you think, ‘I’d like some story here’. For The Last Story, especially because I wasn’t making it using my usual method but rather started by implementing the game systems, there were times when I’d have to begin by finding such places. The story I wanted to tell was already complete, of course…”
“I think players hate it when they play a game where the story isn’t developed where they want it to. Can’t you imagine them thinking ‘I’m being pushed around by some self-important story writer’?” Sakaguchi added.
The Last Story has been confirmed for a UK release but has no release date set at this time.
If you’re like me you might very well have a Wii gathering dust somewhere around your house. It might just be time to pull out your tickle stick (by which I of course mean feather duster) and do a little spring cleaning as Nintendo France have confirmed The Last Story will be released in Europe on the Wii. The scheduled release date is the first half of 2012.
The Last Story is an action roleplaying game created by some of the original makers of the Final Fantasy series. It is already out in Japan and has received great reviews including a 38/40 from Famitsu.
Along with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles and (possibly) Pandora’s Tower, 2012 could be one of the better years for Wii gamers as Nintendo makes the transition from the Wii to the Wii U.