Interesting read. If you don't mind me asking, where'd you dig up that info about Kouji Yokota and Shade?
I'd previously been under the impression that the driving forces behind the SoulBlazer/Illusion/Terranigma series were Tomoyoshi Miyazaki and Masaya Hashimoto, who were the lead writer and programmer/producer, respectively, for most of those games. From what I saw, Yokota was just another Quintet member (he's credited as a "graphic designer" on a lot of their titles, and only with "Special Thanks" on Terranigma) who broke off and formed his own development house.
Also, what do you think of Solo Crisis? I've never played it, but I remember it being billed as a radically different re-imagining of ActRaiser.
Post by Discoalucard on Mar 17, 2007 10:16:11 GMT -5
Not sure myself, since I didn't write it. I did find that Masaya Mashimoto and Tomoyoshi Miyazaki were the founders of Quintet, who had originally worked for Falcom. While Yokota founded Shade and directed Granstream, both of these guys helped out - whether they jumped ship or were simply contracted, I'm not sure.
Post by Kid Fenris on Mar 17, 2007 22:48:56 GMT -5
I don't think Masaya Hashimoto/Mashimoto worked on Granstream; he's nowhere in the credits, at least. There are a few Quintet names in there, but a lot of the staff appears to be from Shade or Sony itself.
I've always been curious about how much Quintet actually contributed to Granstream, since it was the last game Miyazaki worked on before Quintet mysteriously shut itself away from the world. He turned up in an Inuyasha game recently, and Hashimoto was in some other mediocre title. It's sad to go from the first two Ys games and some of the best action-RPGs of the 16-era to working on Bandai's anime tie-ins.
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Post by Discoalucard on Mar 17, 2007 23:39:50 GMT -5
The Japanese Wikipedia article suggested that some staff members (I forget who) worked in the GBA "Mystic Heroes" game (I forget the Japanese title) that's a standard turn-based RPG. It also seemed to think some of them went over to Level 5 (the Dark Cloud guys). Not sure on names though.
Someone or other's started scanlating the manga written by the same novelist who wrote the game's plot. I'm not sure if that's worth putting in the Quintet article somewhere. Their only other work is hentai so I won't post a link directly, but look up "Glacial Rebellion Terranigma" on Google.
Man I used to love Illusion of Gaia. I never knew it was connected to the other games, though.
Sadly, you just missed a group playthrough of the entire series that went on at the GameFAQs boards for the three games! Even if it's a bit too late to take place in the discussion, it's definitely worth a playthrough if you can manage.
It turns out that Quintet went dead sometime in 2006. It really sucks that neither Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma will ever see a re-release My uncle recently started playing Terranigma and he loved it. GDRI: Quintet