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New Kickstarter Project: A Fan's Dream From FFT Director

We'll probably never see a true Final Fantasy Tactics sequel. In fact, the entire strategy/RPG genre seems to be dying on consoles; you can really only find them in the digital and mobile space these days.

But that doesn't mean we can't help fund a project that might - at a stretch - reach the PlayStation Vita. Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story director) has launched a Kickstarter project for a fresh tactical RPG called Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians.

Scheduled for release in 2015, the game will center on a 77-year conflict between various characters and armies. There will be different episodes available and each will present the player with a new perspective; so, you might fight against a certain army in one episode, only to control that same army in the next chapter. Much like Tactics, this will be a class-based, turn-based RPG featuring 3D battlefields with a controllable camera. Classes include War Mage, Ballast Knight, Clergy, Pioneer, Polearm Knight and Noble. I just wanna know: Is there a Calculator...?

So far, 5,490 backers have contributed $222,157 of the project's $600,000 target. No matter what, the game will be released for iOS and Android devices, but if they hit that $600,000 mark, Playdek will deliver the game to PC, Mac and Windows phone versions. Stretch goals include bringing on more talent (Hitoshi Sakimoto, Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reeder); if they can hit $1.8 million, we'll get a Vita version.

Okay, so the latter may not be likely, but the simple fact that Matsuno is making the closest thing to FFT2 that we'll ever see is enough for me.

Related Game(s): Unsung Story

Tags: unsung story, ff tactics developer, unsung story kickstarter

1/15/2014 9:48:03 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Beamboom
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 10:23:51 AM
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Just give in, guys. Follow the trail. Buy a good Android tablet and enjoy your oldschool jrpgs. They're cheap too.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 10:39:25 AM

Yeah, no thanks.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 10:57:42 AM

You stubborn old donkey of a geezer you. :p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 11:48:07 AM

I did get some JRPG imitation game called Eternal Legacy for my Kindle Fire that looks great but I haven't tried it yet... 7 months later.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 1:43:03 PM

Oh, it has nothing to do with being old. It has everything to do with not being blinded by "better" technology that wasn't really designed for video games, and as a result, always feels awkward and limited.

I'll stick to playing on platforms that take full advantage of everything developers can do these days.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 1:55:04 PM

I have a few old school FF's on my phone, Beam. Touch screen is crap.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 2:01:09 PM

I obviously mainly posted that comment to pull y'alls legs a little, but yeah touch screen is crap from a gamer perspective, especially for games not designed for it (I'm pretty sure the old FFs are in that category).

But if I am to be a bit serious here, if this were more or less the *only* platform where I found my very special and beloved genre... Well, then I don't see it as being blinded or not, but rather if I still want to play, and support, that genre.

Plus, it's not *that* bloody bad to play a little on a pad now and then either. I got a Samsung board laying around in my livingroom and the games I do play on it (usually strategy games) runs just fine on that tablet.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 3:20:55 PM

Actually, something like FFT would be the only game I might be willing to play on a touchscreen because there's no actual real-time movement going on. In RPGs (like the other FF titles), while you do select commands from menus during battle, you're still moving normally, which always sucks with a touchscreen, IMO.

But with a game like Unsung Story...it might be fine.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 3:46:58 PM

With random encounter battles, it's especially frustrating moving around and getting into more encounters than you should be on a touch screen.

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 6:50:28 AM

If these games are traditional birds-view perspective I would expect movement of characters to be like how it is on a PC/mouse, in that you just point at where you want the character to go. At least that's the only sensible way to do it, imo.

The big problems arise when the devs try to make a device into something it's not. Simulated digipad/stick controls on a touch screen should be avoided at all cost.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 2:30:25 PM

That's what they do. And your suggestion would make it MUCH better.

They all try to have these stupid analog sticks appear when you touch the screen. It's really bad. I haven't finished a single touch screen FF, nor have I come close.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 11:49:00 AM
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That's great to hear. I don't go in for the strategy ones but I'm so glad that some of this stuff is surviving somewhere. As long as there's a little life in these genres there will always be the possibility that they return home to consoles one day.

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xenris
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 11:50:48 AM
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Watched the video this looks pretty cool. Even though I never really got into the tactics games I did like Vagrant story and FF12 so I'll probably back this.

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telly
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 1:36:00 PM
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Mixed feelings about kickstarters -- who are these millionaire, well-connected developers that just ask for money and have virtually no accountability for the funds??? Imagine a business proposal where you offer not only zero percent of the profits to your backers should your startup succeed, but you won't even give your backers their startup funds BACK when/if your product takes of?!

Having said that, I get that games like these clearly don't get the backing from big studios that they need, hence the NEED to just ask fans to pay for it themselves. Still, it's awfully strange to me and at times, it comes across as unethical.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 4:56:29 PM
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Of course its for a stupid android and IOS. Well, all hopes have been shot down by that. Hopefully he makes it big like the Megman-but-not-megaman game, so he can bring it to consoles. Then I'll be interested in it. Well, I guess pc would be alright to play on. I think anyway.

And here I saw "FFT guy making new game" and grabbed my card. Its been a bad day.

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Caanimal
Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 2:46:13 PM
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I need to get FFT again, I do so miss that genre and it was a great game. I wonder if Sony has it up on PSN for the PS4 yet, hopefully it won't be too long in coming if it's not on there yet. Course being in this "gaming slump" kind of works out right now, don't really want to play anything and there isn't much new out that I want to play anyways. Course I should probably try cutting down on some of my 50oddish back logged games...

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chuckuykendall
Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 3:49:15 PM
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I'm a little confused by the $10,000 level pledge...why would that NOT include travel and accommodations?

Not that I would consider it either way mind you...

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