And some people don't like Lance Bass. But news about him crept up on the website too. Guy who spoke a few lines for a Final Fantasy Character in SE video game < Video game made by creator of Final Fantasy and figure involved in many of SE greats, IMO.
Is he directing any of these Mistwalker games? "Producing" to me, in terms of the video game industry, means he's just collecting checks once the money rolls in.
All the Mistwalker stuff so far has been - let's make some grandiose claims, put some big names ahead of the titles, and then scratch our heads when people don't think it's the greatest shit ever(Blue Dragon). Sakaguchi, and all the other guys need to get it in gear and make something new and fresh or they're just going to be known for what they did 15 years ago.
We'll see what happens with Lost Odyssey. I think it was a flop in Japan and since it's coming out in less than a month without the Microsoft Hype Machineâ„¢ behind it, I doubt it's going to make much of a splash.
Somehow I doubt that it's equilvalent. When you look at the list of games he's been either the executive producer or producer of, it's difficult to find any aspects that are identifiable with the games he's directed. Parasite Eve, Bushido Blade, and Chocobo's Dungeon 2? Those games couldn't be more different.
Probably as a producer, he's choosing who fills what position and supervises the overall project in terms of the production schedule. Looking around, I really wonder how much artistic input he has put forth on any of these titles.
Either way, I'd rather see him in the director's chair then as someone behind the scenes.