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MMOs like “Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn” can take more than 100 hours to complete. That does not even take into account its growing list of huge extensions, which add another 50 to 100 hours.

It seems to be no problem for the creator of Final Fantasy – Hironobu Sakaguchi, who reportedly played the entire Final Fantasy 14 in a month to prepare for the Endwalker expansion to be released on November 23. 

Sakaguchi only needs 16 days to complete the basic game

Sakaguchi only needs 16 days to complete the basic game
Sakaguchi only needs 16 days to complete the basic game

According to PCGamesN, Sakaguchi started playing Final Fantasy 14 in late September and shared his progress and screenshots on Twitter. 

Sakaguchi only needs 16 days to complete the basic game and two days for Heavensward (an estimated 74 to 148 hours on HowLongToBeat). 

Then he completed Stormblood, Shadowbringers and smaller patches before October 29th.

He even managed to make time for his daughter’s wedding!

Sakaguchi has always played a dwarf-like Lalafell

Final Fantasy 14's infamously long story proves no match for Hironobu Sakaguchi
Sakaguchi has always played a dwarf-like Lalafell

According to HowLongToBeat’s data, a conservative estimate, Sakaguchi’s game time is more than 300 hours if only the basic game plus three expansion packs are calculated. 

That is assuming that he absolutely did not touch any incidental content in the expansion or minor patch content update, which may bring him up to 1567.

That is actually impossible to complete within a month and change. 

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Sakaguchi first started playing Final Fantasy 14 in preparation for a discussion with game director Naoki Yoshida at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. 

The chat was held on October 1. But Sakaguchi has obviously been running in. 

Sakaguchi has always played a dwarf-like Lalafell. 

However, he has been sharing a lot of screenshots on his Twitter account, pointing out similarities and references to the classic Final Fantasy game he worked on decades ago.

Sakaguchi seems to be particularly fond of calling out classic monster designs, such as the appearance of “Mr. Typhon”.

Sakaguchi has a good relationship with “Final Fantasy 14”

Sakaguchi has a good relationship with “Final Fantasy 14”
Sakaguchi has a good relationship with “Final Fantasy 14”

As we all know, Sakaguchi left Square Enix in 2003 on rather rough terms. 

His last official credit was on Final Fantasy X-2. Since then, he founded Mistwalker, which released Blue Dragon in 2006 and recently released iOS RPG Fantasian. 

Sakaguchi has a good relationship with “Final Fantasy 14”, which has just surpassed 24 million players and has become the most profitable game in the series so far.

Source: IGN Southeast Asia

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