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Hironobu Sakaguchi, the storied developer and "Father of Final Fantasy," has no interest in returning to work on the series he helped make a household name. He also does not want to know how games in the franchise are made now, feeling that it would impact his enjoyment of playing future entries.

Speaking to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier (thanks, GameSpot), Sakaguchi explained that he views himself as a consumer now and that knowing how the sausage is made would affect the joy he takes in playing one entry specifically: "If I take on the Final Fantasy brand again, I don’t know if I’ll be able to genuinely enjoy Final Fantasy XIV as much."

Following his growing dissatisfaction with Square Enix (and the financial turmoil that resulted from the CGI film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within), Sakaguchi founded the studio Mistwalker in 2004. The developer found success with titles like Lost Odyssey and The Last Story on Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, respectively. Still, Sakaguchi isn't interested in porting these older games to modern platforms. Originally an Apple Arcade title, his most recent game, Fantasian, is coming to PS5 and PS4 later this year as Fantasian: Neo Dimension.

Is this truly the end of an era, or has the writing been on the wall for quite a while now? Are you surprised to see how seriously Sakaguchi takes his Final Fantasy XIV? Let us know in the comments section below.

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