According to a report from IGN Japan (spotted by VGC), Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi wants to bring his Apple Arcade exclusive RPG Fantasian to PC.
At the Magic 2023 festival in Monaco, Sakaguchi reportedly said “We have received many requests to release the game on PC too, and there have also been requests for a sequel. So, we would like to continue working as hard as possible to meet their expectations.”
Fantasian was released in 2021 for Apple Arcade. The game was developed by Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio and featured an original soundtrack from the legendary Nobou Uematsu.
Fantasian’s environments are all handmade dioramas that were digitally recreated using drone technology, a feature that was heavily praised when the game released. Each of the game’s environments were created by veterans of Japan’s live-action film industry. Fantasian includes a diorama created by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.
Other points of praise included Uematsu’s soundtrack and the “dimengeon” system which allows players to place previously fought enemies in an alternate dimension, allowing them to explore the world uninterrupted.
While Fantasian is currently an Apple Arcade exclusive, it’s likely that this exclusivity only lasts a certain period of time. If we were to make an assumption based on Sakaguchi’s comments, it would appear a Fantasian PC port is entirely possible.
Fantasian was seen as a return to roots for Sakaguchi and Mistwalker, being the studio’s first traditional JRPG since Lost Odyssey on the Xbox 360.
Being exclusive to Apple Arcade has limited the recognition that Fantasian has received, but Sakaguchi teased to IGN Japan that “Fantasian is a title I’d like everyone to see a little more of.”
Nothing concrete has been announced regarding the port, but Sakaguchi’s comments are sure to hearten those who’ve been hoping to play the game on PC.
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