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The Last Story Director Hints At A Real-Time Battle System

by Neal Ronaghan - March 7, 2010, 9:14 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: SiliconEra

Mistwalker's upcoming Wii RPG could have battles in real-time.

A blog post by the director of the Last Story, Hironobu Sakaguchi, at Mistwalker's web site hints at a real-time battle system for the Wii role-playing game.

"Production of the last story is advancing smoothly. But, I want you to understand how difficult it is to finish the last fixes and it is time consuming in RPG creation," Sakaguchi said. "There is an unknown territory for me because of the real time system exists in it. But I believe that the hurdle will invent something new. Of course, it’s possible to finish it really quick, but the effort we put in in 2 years would be wasted. The final seasoning is very important. So I made up my mind carefully and I’m working with scrupulous attention. Anyway the sense of security is necessary to the foundation so that you can enjoy yourself without any logic."

It's good to know that The Last Story appears to be in the final stages after a two-year development cycle. Sakaguchi's hints about the battle system and the "scrupulous attention" that is being paid to the finishing touches so that way players can "enjoy [themselves] without any logic" are interesting, and might make more sense when we see gameplay footage.

More information on The Last Story is on the way, though a release in North America has not been confirmed yet. It's slated for a 2010 release in Japan.

Talkback

KDR_11kMarch 07, 2010

I hope it's point & click then, jRPGs have invented all kinds of strange systems to compensate for the inability of a gamepad to deal with multiple characters simultaneously so now that we have a pointer it should be feasible to give the player control over all characters simultaneously in a straight up realtime battle system.

SarailMarch 07, 2010

I don't think his comments have anything to do with the battle system, but instead, the events that play out in "real-time" throughout the game world... ala Majora's Mask.

I'm almost positive that Sakaguchi has developed an ATB-meter based battle system of sorts. This is Nintendo's "Final Fantasy", and I don't believe he'd have it any other way.

StratosMarch 07, 2010

Quote from: KDR_11k

I hope it's point & click then, jRPGs have invented all kinds of strange systems to compensate for the inability of a gamepad to deal with multiple characters simultaneously so now that we have a pointer it should be feasible to give the player control over all characters simultaneously in a straight up realtime battle system.

It could play like Ogre Battle. I always wished that there would be a Wii release in the franchise. OB64 would have been amazing with Wii controls.

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