Yasumi Matsuno leaves Level-5 - Gematsu
Yasumi Matsuno leaves Level-5
posted on 11.07.12 at 10:46 PM EST by (@salromano)
Crimson Shroud creator 'taking a break'.

Yasumi Matsuno, whose past works include Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story, has left his position at Level-5, which he joined last June, following the international release of his 3DS download game Crimson Shroud.

“Good morning,” said Matsuno on Twitter. “The weather this morning in the city center is clear, 16 degrees. Doesn’t the warm sunlight feel nice? Well, I’m sorry to report, but due to personal reasons, next month I’ll be retiring from Level-5. Having finished production of 3DSWare domestically and in North America and Europe, it’s at a good point time-wise for me to retire.”

He continued: “Even though it was for a short period of time, I was able to work hard without any gross mistakes. I am extremely grateful for the gift of genial teaching I received from everyone. Over and over again, thank you so much. I plan on taking a break for a while. I’m very thankful to have your support from now on.”

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  • Kou

    “I plan on taking a break for a while.”  See ya soon. Matsuno-san

  • This guy is good person.
    He send me birthday message on facebook.

    • ゆい

      awww he did? what a nice guy. 

    • MrRobbyM

      Were you the one that posted the screenshot of him saying happy birthday on Siliconera? Lucky.

      • Yeah but that one was not him, it’s about a reply from Yasunori Mitsuda. I asked him if he’s the composer of Soul Sacrifice.

  • hush404

    0.o that was a short stint. 

  • New Tactics Ogre chapter….. when oh when…

  • whiteferrero

    Oh. Mr. Matsuno if you’re reading this: Please flesh out the story of FF XII since you have time. and push SE into making a ‘complete’ version- as an HD port to the ps3. :)

    • MrRobbyM

      You don’t know how much I’d give to see FFXII International in English released as an HD remaster. It already looked so good on the PS2 I can imagine how friggin’ good it’ll look remastered in HD.

      In fact, I did emulate the International edition and patched it in English and it was amazing, but it kept crashing due to some common error and I gave up :/

    • Solomon_Kano

      That would’ve been a lovely thing to see had he stuck around the company into this trend of HD editions of games. Ah well, I’ll be happy if we see FFXII in HD at all. Though that probably won’t happen until next-gen at the rate FFX is moving…

  • fallen

    Guess it’s tiring to be such a genius.

  • better for him ta be rested an’ raring for more in a few yearz den tired an’ bored now.

  • MrRobbyM

    Matsuno, I wish you the best and hope that you continue to make great games. I will support you in any way I can.

  • Solomon_Kano

    The man’s certainly earned a break. I’ll certainly look forward to his return, but I can’t be mad at him wanting to take a break.

  • I really want him to return to Square Enix.

    • The same Square Enix who butchered the original concept of Final Fantasy XII in order to appeal to the masses (imposing things such as making Vaan the protagonist), ultimately forcing him to leave midway through the project?

      No thanks. The last thing Matsuno needs now is to have his worked distorted by executive meddling. I’m sure he’ll find a publisher with guts to let him do his thing – Atlus, for example.

      Now that I think about it, Matsuno and Atlus together… that would be glorious.

      • LordKaiser

        What was the original concept? Please share, I’m curious.

        • A good starting point is taking a look at the game’s first few hours. The opening sequences, for example – where’s Vaan? Nowhere to be found. In the original concept, Basch would be the protagonist, but the higher-ups at Square Enix seemingly thought the public wouldn’t like an old geezer (i.e. a scarred, bearded guy in his mid-30s) to be the focus of attention (his last game, Vagrant Story, was in the same league and didn’t sell much). Then Vaan was shoehorned in (and his forced love interest, Penelo), and Matsuno wasn’t heppy – you can see how every other character trats him like an annoyance, as if the writer himself shared the same opinion. 

          Also, you can see more or less at which point in the game Matsuno left – when the story starts losing focus and turns into a series of unconvincing excuses for walking around, and dungeons and overworld areas become longer and longer but increasingly featureless nad lazily designed.

          Also, food for thought: There’s a secret boss in FFXII created as a homage to Matsuno, called Yiazmat. Take a look at its entry in the game’s bestiary:

          “One Deity among Dragons, One great Wyrm to rule all Wyrms of the World, by the Creator Himself created. Legend says it is an Anima, Guardian to a Sacred Blade. Though most sacred among its Kind, its great Power drove it to Madness, and in the End, it became a Threat to its own Creator. His Master was killed by Yiazmat, robbing Montblanc of all Joy in Life, and he would have Revenge.”

          So, why did his “great power” drove him to “madness”? And who’s this Creator, to whom he became a “threat”? Think about it.

  • Michael Garling

    Hasn’t Matsuno had health problems in the past?  Wish him all the best, he definitely deserves the break.

  • LordKaiser

    This company will begin to deteriorate soon. 

    • Lol are you kidding? He stayed there for little more than a year and produced only a small game. Matsuno is great and all, but Level 5 can make do without him.

      • LordKaiser

        I’m not saying it for him but for the way Level-5 is handling their games and image. Little they are doing to fix their image that was soiled by D3P that placed the blame of not DLC in their latest PS3 game and Level-5 had not defended to these claims. If D3P claims are true then Level-5 will sink with their anti-gaijin mentality.

        If this guy left for other reasons not health related then something can be wrong wigh Level-5 .

  • Budgiecat

    Taking a break? You made one mini game buddy wtf….

  • PrinceHeir

    hope he comes back sometime next year or two.