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Hironobu Sakaguchi Digs Up Original Opening Scenario For Final Fantasy IX

Hironobu Sakaguchi Digs Up Original Opening Scenario For Final Fantasy IX

Written by Colin — 22 Nov 2010

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the legendary father of Final Fantasy, has dug up some old files on Final Fantasy IX while going through his backup drive. He may have left Square Enix and is currently busy with The Last Story, but no one can deny the influence he's had on the industry. Final Fantasy IX fans may enjoy this little bit of treasure as well.

Sakaguchi wrote on the Mistwalker blog with details on the file, which is the original scenario idea for the opening sequence of Final Fantasy IX - dated July 17, 1998. It's quite detailed and it goes through each movie sequence, boss fights and even dialogues between characters.

As for why Sakaguchi decided to share this piece of treasure with everyone, he alludes to a similar relationship between the characters of Final Fantasy IX and The Last Story.

"Looking at gameplay systems, The Last Story was born through new explorations. However, I get the feeling that in terms of the characters' positions, FFIX most closely resembles it."

Source: Andriasang