This is big news for RPG fanatics out there. One should expect the unexpected this generation. It looks like MistWalker’s exclusive partnership with Microsoft is officially over with the announcement of “The Last Story” for the Nintendo Wii. Great asset by Nintendo. The title card and name remind me of Final Fantasy a lot, but that’s not surprising given Mr. Sakaguchi’s history with Square.
Ever since Lost Odyssey was released 2 years ago, MistWalker has been unbelievably quiet about their next big console game. Instead, they’ve taken the liberty to work on various handheld titles. ASH, Blue Dragon Plus, Away Shuffle Dungeon, and Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow. We’ve never gotten an explanation on the stipulations behind the Blue Dragon franchise’s exclusivity, but we’ve all assumed that it’s only for Microsoft’s 360. Also, the trend of DS releases give us a hint about MistWalker being a “free agent” of sorts, being able to work on other consoles and with other publishers.
“The Last Story” is a 2010 title resulting from a partnership between Nintendo and MistWalker, much like Metroid: Other M that’s co-developed by Nintendo’s internal team and Team Ninja. There are hints that this will be published outside of Japan as well…Nintendo of America would be dumb to pass this up.
We’re all assuming that composer Nobuo Uematsu will have his hand on this game’s music. But what about actual programming? MistWalker is a company that only works on story/scenario/artwork and outsources the rest of the work to other developers. MistWalker has a great relationship with FeelPlus (Lost Odyssey) and Artoon (Blue Dragon), so perhaps we’ll see one of them working on the game. Better yet, since this is a MistWalker/Nintendo production, maybe one of Nintendo’s studios is booked for development. I highly doubt the EAD teams are free. Brownie Brown (Mother 3, Magical Starsign), Genius Sorority (DQ Swords, DQ series), and Intelligent Systems (Paper Mario series, Fire Emblem)–take your pick. These studios worked on RPGs before. Monolith Soft is out of the question since they’re working on Nintendo’s other big Wii RPG: Monado a.k.a. Xenoblade.
I’m excited to know more about The Last Story. I was blown away by Lost Odyssey and think it’s one of the better RPGs this generation. Let’s hope lightning strikes twice and MistWalker delivers another classic that’s not as bare-bones as Blue Dragon.
Source: Official Nintendo Teaser Page (via Siliconera)