The Japanese game culture website Andriasang is reports that Hironobu Sakaguchi, better known as the Father of Final Fantasy, has taken an ironic stance toward the opening sequence of Sony’s latest God of War game. On his Twitter account, Sakaguchi tweets, “A long opening movie. It’s nicely done, but you don’t need this :) It’s movie-like, but you don’t need long openings in games.”
The Final Fantasy series that Sakaguchi oversaw until his departure from Square-Enix in 2003, is well known in gaming circles for some of the most elaborate, cinematic cut-scenes in the entire industry. Final Fantasy VII, a landmark for the series, set a precedent for high-quality cut-scenes in games that is still slavishly followed today. It seems that as more and more ornate cut-scenes have become the norm in the industry, Sakaguchi himself is now tired of a convention he himself helped to define.