Every long-running franchise has an origin story, and Final Fantasy is no exception. This week, we discuss the creative endeavors of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his team, and how the massively influential JRPG got its start. It’s a romantic tale of dreams, fate, and a last ditch effort of a near-bankrupt company and the game that changed it all.

In our side quests, we befittingly share our first impressions of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and relish in the profound success of Elden Ring.

Shownotes

00:02:40 The Origins of Final Fantasy

00:42:48 Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

00:50:07 Elden Ring described as start of a “new franchise”, following enormous 12m sales milestone (Tom Phillips)

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