Final Fantasy Creator Is “Absolutely Not” Working On FF14 Content

The creator of the Final Fantasy series hits back against rumours that he’s working on content for Final Fantasy 14. Speaking at Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival 2023, Hironobu Sakaguchi says he’s “absolutely not” working on the MMO, and that he never will.


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This comes after some fans assumed Sakaguchi had attended Fan Fest to announce some kind of collaboration, but as it turns out, he’s just there as a fan. In fact, Sakaguchi says he would never work on Final Fantasy 14 because he wants to keep experiencing the game as a fan, not as a developer, and working on it behind the scenes would spoil that for him.

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This news comes courtesy of our lead guides editor, Meg Pelliccio, who is attending Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest on behalf of TheGamer. And because she loves the game a whole lot, even writing a weekly community spotlight on the MMO.

But going back to Sakaguchi, it’s bad news for anyone who wanted to see the father of Final Fantasy work on FF14, even for just one expansion. Given what he’s said at the event just now, it seems like he’s dead set on avoiding any kind of official work with the FF14 devs, so he can continue his time with the MMO in peace.

Sakaguchi has made no secret of his love for Final Fantasy 14. He was first known to be playing it in 2021, and it’s fair to say it’s now consumed his life. He’d probably agree with that statement, given that he’s previously admitted to spending upwards of 12 hours a day in the game, missing out on other big releases. With this in mind, a collaboration between the game’s development team and the man who created Final Fantasy in the first place seems like a no-brainer, but that’s precisely why he says he won’t work on it – he’s too much of a fan.

So, don’t get your hopes up for the rest of Fan Fest, he’s just there for some fun the same as everyone else, it would seem. He probably has a more impressive playtime than any of us, given the kind of hours he’s admitted to, so it’s not surprising to see him there. Just don’t expect him to make any grand announcements – he clearly doesn’t want to. Unless it’s all a ruse and he’s about to announce some kind of huge collab, in which case, wow, he hid that well.

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