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Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi Receives GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Developer also produced Kingdom Hearts, founded Mistwalker

The 15th annual Game Developer's Choice Awards will award a Lifetime Achievement Award to Hironobu Sakaguchi this year. The GDC Awards ceremony will takes place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Sakaguchi was an employee at Square since its inception as an independent company in 1986. He was employed as director of planning and development and created the first Final Fantasy role-playing game. (Its name was a reference to his plan to leave game development if the game was unsuccessful.) He went on to direct four other games in the Final Fantasy franchise, and was the producer on nine more until Final Fantasy X-2. The franchise eventually spawned films, and anime OAVs and television series, such as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Final Fantasy Unlimited, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

He also produced Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve, and Kingdom Hearts, and other Square titles. In 2004, one year after Square merged with rival company Enix to form Square Enix, Sakaguchi left Square to found Mistwalker, which went on to make the Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, The Last Story, and Terra Battle video games.

Tim Schafer will host the Game Developer's Choice Awards ceremony, which is open to all Game Developer's Conference attendees, and will also be streamed by Gamespot and Twitch.tv.

[Via VG 24/7]


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