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Mistwalker's Terra Battle now in development for consoles

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Hironobu Sakaguchi and developer Mistwalker are making a new console game, their first since 2011's The Last Story. Now that Terra Battle, Mistwalker's tile-based tactical RPG for Android and iOS, has reached two million downloads, the developer says it's working on Terra Battle for consoles.

Terra Battle for consoles is part of the "Download Starter" promotional campaign that kicked off at the game's launch. The idea was to add new features — music, characters, bosses and campaign scenarios created by the likes of Nobuo Uematsu, Yasumi Matsuno, Yoshitaka Amano and others — to the game as the number of downloads increased.

The two million download milestone for Terra Battle meant development of a console version of the game — even if Sakaguchi says he isn't sure what form that game will take.

"We are truly humbled to see Terra Battle achieve this milestone. As every player download expanded both the scope of our game and our imagination to create a richer experience for the fans," Sakaguchi said in a statement. "With the console game of Terra Battle underway and the next phase of the Download Starter campaign in motion, we are eager to see how the game will evolve in the coming months."

Sakaguchi said that the console version of Terra Battle won't simply be a port of the mobile game. But he's also not quite sure what it will be.

"I'll be open. I have absolutely no plans," Sakaguchi told Polygon in an interview last month. "[Initially], we weren't even thinking that two million was going to be in reach. ... When we land at two million, I don't know what were going to do. But I can tell you that if you have any ideas, now is the time to submit them."

Sakaguchi has said that he may consider working with an external developer on Terra Battle for consoles.

To celebrate the download milestone, Mistwalker is holding a special event in Terra Battle until May 5. Uematsu's band, Earthbound Papas, also released a new performance video today to commemorate the achievement.