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Unsung Story, the game 'envisioned by' Final Fantasy Tactics director Yasumi Matsuno, has a Steam page

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Six years ago, a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics called Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians managed to raise $660,126 on Kickstarter. It achieved that mainly on the promised involvement of Yasumi Matsuno, director and writer of Final Fantasy Tactics, as well as its composer Hitoshi Sakimoto. Two years later developer Playdek put Unsung Story on hold, and in 2017 sold it to Little Orbit.

Little Orbit scrapped the work Playdek had done, went back to the setting and story Matsuno had laid out—which details a 77-year War in a world where songs are magical spells, and heroes must travel back in time from the victory of evil to re-sing history—and started from scratch. We'll see the results soon, as the first episode of what's now just called Unsung Story will be out via Steam Early Access this month, and keys are being sent to backers "over the coming days" according to the latest Kickstarter update.

In the Steam description, Little Orbit says Unsung Story will be in Early Access for "About 1.5 years as we work through releasing all the chapters." The first chapter will showcase the 'Harmony Songbook' magic system and be made up of seven missions, giving players access to six jobs: Mercenary, Physician, Guardian, Elementalist, Archer, and Sage. Five more chapters will follow, eventually containing 20 jobs. 

Unsung Story goes into Early Access on December 17.

Jody Macgregor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.