"Vagrant Story" developer question

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  1. Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael Auditioning

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    I hope there are a few people out there that have played let alone remember this original Play Station game. I thought that had one of the best stories of any RPG ever.

    My question is who developed/created this game? Did they produce others? If so, which ones?
     
  2. BrianB

    BrianB Producer

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    Are you talking about the developer or the actual people on the team who made it?
     
  3. Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael Auditioning

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    O.K. How about both?

    Actually I would like to know not the company who produced it,(they come and go all the time) but the person or persons that wrote the story. I was wondering if they storybooked other games as well.

    IMHO, you cannot have a great game unless the story or plot is great as well.
     
  4. Tom Veillette

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    The game was done by Squaresoft, now known as SquareEnix. Creators of the Final Fantasy series, the Chrono series, as well as many others. And now, with the addition of Enix, they also have Dragon Warrior and other Enix properties. Not exactly a "come and go" company.

    The credits for Vagrant Story are as follows:

    Executive Producer Hironobu Sakaguchi
    Executive Producer Tomoyuki Takechi
    Executive Producer Hisashi Suzuki
    Producer / Director Yasumi Matsuno
    Art Director Hiroshi Minagawa
    Character Design Akihiko Yoshida
    Background Supervisor Akiyoshi Masuda
    Visual Effects Supervisor Jiro Mifune
    Visual Effects Creator Noriko Ikeda
    Main Programmer Taku Murata
    Composer Hitoshi Sakimoto

    The creator of Vagrant Story is Yasumiu Matsuno, who also created Final Fantasy Tactics. Incidentally, composer Hitoshi Sakimoto was also one of the two composers on FF Tactics.

    The people who worked on this game also worked on others, your best bet is to look at other Square games. Such as Chrono Cross, the Final Fantasy series, Parasite Eve, and others.

    I can't post links yet, so here's a full listing of the games credits:

    SQUARE CO., LTD.
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    Executive Producers Hironobu Sakaguchi, Tomoyuki Takechi, Hisashi Suzuki
    Produced & Directed by Yasumi Matsuno
    Art Direction & Character Model Supervisor Hiroshi Minagawa
    Character Design & Background Supervisor Akihiko Yoshida
    Background Supervisor Akiyoshi Masuda
    Background Creators Yukiko Inoue, Yoshinari Hirata, Akiko Honne, Takafumi Hori, Tsutomu Mouri, Hiroyuki Sano, Rena Sasaki, Takahiro Yamashita
    Visual Effects Supervisor Jiro Mifune
    Visual Effects Creator Noriko Ikeda
    Character Model Creators Tomomi Fujino, Eiichiro Nakatsu, Tsuyoshi Namiki
    Character Motion Creators Yasuhide Hino, Tadashi Soeda, Kazuhiko Takahashi, Tsunataro Yoshida
    Main Programmer Taku Murata
    Programmers Yoshiki Kashitani, Satoshi Ogata, Yoshinori Tsuchida, Tadashi Tsushima, Kunio Yamaguchi, Mitsuo Yoshioka
    Planners Jun Akiyama, Kazuhito Maehiro, Takayuki Suguro, Hidehito Tanba, Tai Yasue
    Sound Creation SQUARE SOUNDS CO. LTD.
    Music & Original Score by Hitoshi Sakimoto
    Sound Programmer Minoru Akao
    Sound Editor & Engineer Tomohiro Yajima
    Assistant Sound Editor Junko Nakamura


    SQUARE CO., LTD. - Localization Department
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    General Manager Koji Yamashita
    Deputy General Manager Akira Kashiwagi
    Director Aiko Ito
    Assistant Yoshiki Yamamoto
    Translators Alexander O. Smith, Amanda J. Katsurada
    CG Movie SQUARE VISUAL WORKS CO. LTD.
    Quality Assurance SQUARTZ CO. LTD.


    SQUARE SOFT, INC. - Localization Staff
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    Editors Richard Amtower, Brian Bell
    Associate Producer Akihito Kozu
    Localization Manager Yutaka Sano


    SQUARE SOFT, INC. - Quality Assurance Staff
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    QA Manager Jonathan Williams
    Lead Analyst Matthew B. Rhoades
    Assistant Lead Analyst Mohammed A. C. Wright
    Analysts Kelly Chun, Mathew Clift, Jared Ellott, Michael A. Erickson, Jeff J. Love, Judah Mehler, James Robles
    QA Translators Kenji Nakamura, Rintaro Yoshida
    Technical Coordinator Bennett Neale


    SQUARE ELECTRONIC ARTS L.L.C.
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    Senior Customer Service Manager Rick Thompson
    Assistant Customer Service Manager Fernando Bustamante
    Customer Service Lead Alaine DeLeon
    Customer Support Representatives Caroline Liu, Patrick Cervantes, John Montes, James Dilonardo, Mark Abarca, Mark Acero, Alan DeGuzman, Ryan Riley
    Public Relations/Events Manager Lisa Ahern
    Assistant Public Relations Manager Francine DeMore
    Business Development Manager Elaine Di Iorio
    Product Coordinator Beth Faust, Ken Berry
    Sales Coordinator Sean Montgomery
    Media Planner Kyoko Yamashita
    Creative Planner Keiko Kato
    Product Associates Andy Hsu, Irene Sam
    Product Administrative Assistant Mari Nishikawa
    Marketing Assistant Rika Maruya
    Assistant Product Manager Andrew Shiozaki
    Marketing Manager Kenji Mimura
    Vice Chairman Yoshihiro Maruyama
    President Jun Iwasaki
    Packaging/Manual Design Beeline Group Inc.
    Special Thanks To Beeline Group Inc., BradyGAMES, C.H.E.N. PR, The Kenwood Group, Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles, Virtual InterActive Inc.


    SQUARE EUROPE
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    Managing Director Yuji Shibata
    Translators Jacques Martine (French), Marcus Wehner (German)
    Chief of Product Management Ed Valiente
    Assistant Manager Marketing/PR Stéphanie Journau
    Production Coordinator Lara Sweeney
    Localisation Coordinator Alison Lau
    Technical Support Alex Moresby
    French Manual Katrin Darolle, Jean-Sébastien Ferey
    Spanish Manual Monica Costoya, Jan Marc Rameken
    Italian Manual Vincenza Bernardo, Piero Cruciatti, Achilles Hilmi
    German Manual Thorsten Schäfer, Claire Thill
    Quality Assurance Maria Laura Arce-Alvarez, Karim Bakhit, Yasmine Bensabri, Matthieu Bertheleme, Seb Ohsan Berthelsen, Christina Borgenstierna, Antoine Bousquet, Julien Castel, Emm Dobson, Anne Driesslein, Marco Franceschini, J.C. Gouin, Sharon Hassan, Yosuke Von Heyden, Susannah Jenkins, Frank Jordans, Anouk Kalmes, Michael Keith, Oliver Klaus, Christian Klemeyer, Jan Christoph Kolb, Luis López, Genevieve Marier, Gianfranco Marino, Alberto Pepe, Maria Rodriguez, Martin Schlemmer, Joss Tosoni


    [Cast/Production]
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    Starring Ashley Riot, Sydney Losstarot, Romeo Guildenstern
    Supporting Cast Callo Merlose, John Hardin, Jan Rosencrantz, Commander Duane, Commander Grissom, Commander Samantha, Commander Tieger, Commander Neesa, Joshua Corrinne Bardorba, Aldous Byron Bardorba
    Main Programmer Taku Murata
    Executive Producers Hironobu Sakaguchi, Tomoyuki Takechi, Hisashi Suzuki
    Produced & Directed by Yasumi Matsuno
    Co-producer Michio Okamiya
    Art Direction Hiroshi Minagaw
    Character Design Akihiko Yoshida


    BATTLE ALGORITHM SECTION
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    Battle Design Yasumi Matsuno
    Planner (Strategy) Takayuki Suguro
    Assistant Planner Minori Miura
    Programmer Taku Murata
    Programmer (Logic) Yoshiki Kashitani


    BACKGROUND SECTION
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    Planned & Directed by Kazutoyo Maehiro
    Assistant Planners Ryu Nakamura, Tai Yasue
    Artistic Supervisors Akihiko Yoshida, Akiyoshi Masuda
    Background Model Creators Yoshinari Hirata, Takafumi Hori, Hiroyuki Sano, Takahiro Yamashita
    Background Texture Creators Akiko Honne, Tsutomu Mouri, Rena Sasaki, Yukiko Sasaki
    Assistant Creators Ryoutaro Hashimoto, Tsutomu Inagaki, Keiji Inoue, Tomokazu Kawamata, Toru Shiozaki
    Programmer Kunio Yamaguchi


    CHARACTER SECTION
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    Character Model Supervisor Hiroshi Minagawa
    Character Model Creators Eiichiro Nakatsu, Tsuyoshi Namiki
    Character Texture Creator Tomomi Fujino
    Character Motion Creators Yasuhide Hino, Tadashi Soeda, Kazuhiko Takahashi, Tsunataro Yoshida
    Assistant Motion Creators Kouji Machida, Shinichi Matsuda, Hiroaki Saotome, Takahiro Sugita
    Programmer Yoshinori Tsuchida


    VISUAL EFFECT SECTION
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    Artistic Supervisor Jiro Mifune
    Designer (Artist) Noriko Ikeda
    Programmer Satoshi Ogata


    EVENT SECTION
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    Directed by Jun Akiyama
    Written by Yasumi Matsuno
    Planner Hidehito Tanba
    Assistant Planner Yaeko Sato
    Programmer Mitsuo Yoshioka


    MENU & LAYOUT SECTION
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    Artistic Supervisor Hiroshi Minagawa
    Designer (Artist) Takahiro Yamashita
    Programmer Tadashi Tsushima


    ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SECTION
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    CG Programmer Ryusuke Sasaki
    Additional Tool Programmers Shun Moriya, Toshinori Shimono


    PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT SECTION
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    Production Manager Makoto Kurabayashi
    Production Assistants Yuki Nishimura, Kaori Shibayama, Miho Uchida


    SOUND SECTION - "SQUARE SOUNDS Co. Ltd."
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    Production Manager Kensuke Matsushita
    Production Coordinator Naoto Echizen
    Music & Original Score by Hitoshi Sakimoto
    Sound Programmer Minoru Akao
    Recorded & Mixed by Kenji Nagashima
    Sound Edited & Engineered by Tomohiro Yajima
    Assistant Sound Editors Junko Nakamura, Shojiro Nakaoka, Makoto Yamaguchi
    Synthesizer Programmer Takeharu Ishimoto


    MOVIE SECTION - "SQUARE VISUAL WORKS Co. Ltd."
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    CG Supervisor Satoshi Tsukamoto
    Chief CG Designer Hiroyuki Honda
    CG Designers Yuko Akiyama, Tomohiko Osugi, Takashi Tateishi, Ken Yuasa
    Technical Coordinator Yoshinori Moriizumi
    Motion Capture Engineer Masaharu Inoue
    Motion Capture Artists Shuntarou Furukawa, Keiko Imamura, Kaoru Minemoto (SQUARE Co. Ltd.)
    VFX & Composite Designers Hiroshi Matsuyama (SQUARE Co. Ltd.), Teruaki Shiraishi, Masaya Suzuki (SQUARE Co. Ltd.)
    CG Programmer Keisuke Miyazaki
    Digital Recording Engineer Keita Takagi
    Production Manager Norimichi Kurosawa
    Production Assistant Noriko Abe
    Motion Actor as "Ashley" Tesshin Murata
    Motion Actress as "Müllenkamp" Miho Miyagawa
    Accessories Designer Yusuke Naora (SQUARE Co. Ltd.)


    LOCALIZATION - "SQUARE CO. LTD."
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    General Manager Koji Yamashita
    Deputy General Manager Akira Kashiwagi
    Director Aiko Ito
    Assistant Yoshiki Yamamoto
    Translators Alexander O. Smith, Amanda J. Katsurada


    LOCALIZATION - "SQAURE SOFT INC."
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    Editors Brian Bell, Richard Amtower
    Associate Producer Akihito Kozu
    Localization Manager Yutaka Sano
    QA Manager Jonathan Williams
    Lead Analyst Matthew B. Rhoades
    Assistant Lead Analyst Mohammed A. C. Wright
    Analysts Kelly Chun, Mathew Clift, Jared Ellott, Michael A. Erickson, Jeff J. Love, Judah Mehler, James Robles
    QA Translators Kenji Nakamura, Rintaro Yoshida
    Technical Coordinator Bennett Neale


    LOCALIZATION - "SQUARE ELECTRONIC ARTS L.L.C."
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    Senior Customer Service Manager Rick Thompson
    Assistant Customer Service Manager Fernando Bustamante
    Customer Service Lead Alaine DeLeon
    Customer Support Representatives Caroline Liu, Patrick Cervantes, John Mont, James Dilonardo, Mark Abarca, Mark Acero, Alan DeGuzman, Ryan Riley
    Public Relations & Events Manager Lisa Ahern
    Assistant Public Relations Manager Francine DeMore
    Business Development Manager Elaine Di Iorio
    Product Coordinator Beth Faust
    Sales Coordinator Sean Montgomery
    Media Planner Kyoko Yamashita
    Creative Planner Keiko Kato
    Product Associates Andy Hsu, Irene Sam
    Product Administrative Assistant Mari Nishikawa
    Marketing Assistant Rika Maruya
    Assistant Product Manager Andrew Shiozaki
    Marketing Manager Kenji Mimura
    Vice Chairman Yoshihiro Maruyama
    President Jun Iwasaki


    LOCALIZATION - "SQUARTZ CO. LTD."
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    Executive Director Hiromi Masuda
    Supervisors Hideki Matsuoka
    Assistant Coordinators Shingo Kamata
    System Coordinator Shin Yamamoto (SQUARE Co. Ltd.)


    SPECIAL THANKS
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    "VACANCES Inc." Kunikazu Mori, Nobuyuki Takaishi, Shiro Ataka
    "Our European Friends" Patrick Beja, Nicolas Di Costanzo, Frank Glaser, Warren Harrod, Francois Hermellin, Christophe Kagotani, Arnaud Saint-Martin
    "DENTSU Inc." Kentaro Kawai, Takuya Nashimoto, Noriyuki Ueno, Kensuke Tanaka, Makoto Takeuchi, Shunsuke Iwai
    "DENTSU TEC Inc." Kouji Fukuoka
     
  5. Chris Bardon

    Chris Bardon Cinematographer

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    Hmm, I never actually finished Vagrant Story (combination of not getting into the combat system and not really having the time to play it when it came out), but FF tactics has a great story as well.

    Actually, all I really remember about VS is the crazy weapon/item creation system that I never really got the hang of. I remember thinking that you could (and would probably have to) spend a whole lot of time on it to get really good at it.

    Of course, if you're looking for ps1 RPGs, you really can't do much better than Dragon Warrior 7.
     
  6. Mr. Michael

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    Wow Tom! That was a lot of information! I will have to look for those other titles. Although I thought Final Fantasy Tactics was a knockoff of FF 9.
     
  7. Jay Mitchosky

    Jay Mitchosky Producer

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    I could see a smirk on his face as he typed that thread: OK - you asked for it. [​IMG]

    Goes to show how great it is to be part of a discussion forum.
     

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