On Monday, as Final Fantasy XXIV Shadowbringers scenario writer, Natsuko Ishikawa, took to the PAX West stage during the Narrative and Visual Insights panel, fans erupted in a storm of cheers and applause after hearing her name uttered over the PA system.
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Visibly overwhelmed by the reaction, Natsuko Ishikawa’s humility shined through as she couldn’t quite believe the response that ultimately brought her to tears.
It’s a rare wholesome moment, of which gaming sorely lacks, and her beaming smile despite shedding a few tears says much about how well Square Enix has fostered a communicative relationship with the game’s fanbase.
Natsuko Ishikawa is widely praised within the Final Fantasy XIV community for being the mastermind behind the MMORPG’s latest expansion’s narrative, and particularly for bringing to life a compelling cast of characters that many are lauding as the best to grace Square Enix’s long-running role-playing franchise.
Final Fantasy XIV weathered a tumultuous launch before releasing successive expansions that completely shifted popular perceptions of the title, a turnaround that owes much to Ishikawa’s writing prowess.
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As one crowd member explains:
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