When Final Fantasy's creator Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square-Enix in 2002, following the colossal flop that was his flagship series' only venture into Hollywood, nobody knew quite whether his new studio was headed for glory or disaster. Had his simplistic 8-bit Dungeons and Dragons rip-off twenty years earlier been a happy accident? And how much input into Square's output had the man actually had over the following decades? Surely the record-breaking successes of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger had been down to the worker bee creative force that buzzed around in his esteemed employment, rather than any masterminding from this remote executive producer. Could Sakaguchi really lead the JRPG into a new promised land from his new, semi-retired residence in Hawaii?