When Hironobu Sakaguchi developed the first Final Fantasy game, it was intended to be Square’s last release. The title of the game was supposed to be something of a farewell, but the enormous success of the now classic RPG kept the studio alive, and ended up spawning one of the most beloved and prolific game franchises of all time. This resulted in perhaps the most ironic game title of all time, but Sakaguchi’s next game, The Last Story, may actually end up living up to its title.
On the Mistwalker studios website, the legendary creator stated that he has “120%” of his energy into the Wii-exclusive game, and that it "might be my last work.” Of course, this comes via Google translation, which claims that he said "Skipping has jumped very sweet voice." so there may be something lost in the conversion. In context, though, it appears that Sakaguchi may be done with making games.
The retirement of Hironobu Sakaguchi would be a huge loss for the gaming industry. Not only did he direct the first five Final Fantasy titles and produce the next four, he was also the Executive Producer for Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve, and Kindgdom Hearts, and created Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey for his own studio, Mistwalker. He was also the third person inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, after Shigeru Miyamoto and Sid Meier.