vol. 1 ISHII Yoshio

webgame creator interview vol.1 Yoshio ISHII

5. "HOSHI SAGA" and "HOSHI SAGA 2" continued

HOSHINO

How about "HOSHI SAGA 2"?

ISHII

I made it intentionally easier than the first one. screenshot

HOSHINO

I played it so long time ago that I can't remember exactly.

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Game plots for "HOSHI SAGA" and "Hoshisaga 2"will be revealed.
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ISHII

This one (STAGE 47) took time a bit.
It took about one week for drawing graphics. screenshot STAGE47

HOSHINO

(laughs)
I wonder what this was.
It produces sounds, isn't it?
Yeah. I see.

ISHII

It took time to create, so I love this one.

HOSHINO

(laughs)

ISHII

I like this (STAGE 42), too.
Because this background is my favorite. screenshot STAGE42

HOSHINO

(laughs)
This one is also nice.
I thought this is also interesting.

ISHII

I worked very hard only for this one.
Also I like this (STAGE 50) because I love the picture. screenshot STAGE50

HOSHINO

This one is nice, too. I just keep saying "This one is also nice".
So the specific meanings must be difficult to make sense after dictation.(laughs)

Well, it reminds me to find a dead dog.

Did it take one day for maximum to develop one stage?

ISHII

Yes, about one day.
Sometimes it just took 4 hours.
Only this (STAGE 47) took time for about one week.

HOSHINO

(laughs) For the picture.

ISHII

(laughs) For the picture.

HOSHINO

What did you use for drawing pictures?

ISHII

FLASH for all.

HOSHINO

FLASH for All!
I see.

There is one (STAGE 19) like a "moai mawashi"("moai mawashi" means turning out moai satues).
That was first "HOSHI SAGA", wasn't it. screenshot STAGE19

ISHII

Yeah.
It's in the first one.

HOSHINO

That one is a mimic of "moai mawashi".

ISHII

I completely borrowed from "moai mawashi".
Obviously.(laughs)

HOSHINO

(laughs) Obviously.

ISHII

Well, I thought it would be granted by Mr. Takahirou.(laughs)

HOSHINO

(laughs)
But if you develop one stage in one day, 6x6=36 stages can not be done in a month.

ISHII

It can't be done in one month.

HOSHINO

It seems you devote your life.

ISHII

Yeah.
And I like this one (STAGE 45), also.
This is pretty normal, but this (sound of a cork popping) feels good, doesn't it? screenshot STAGE45

HOSHINO

Yeah.
Recently I lost the completed data for the first "HOSHI SAGA" and played again.
So I have clear memories for the first one.
I wonder which one...
This (STAGE 9) also makes us feel good, doesn't it? screenshot STAGE9

ISHII

This is not bad.
Especially for cheating.

HOSHINO

It's also nice to have a kind of vague feeling at first.

Let's look back a little.
I think "HOSHI SAGA" had a larger popularity in foreign countries than Japan.
How it was, in fact?

ISHII

Well.
It had popularity "also" in foreign countries.

HOSHINO

"Also" in foreign countries.
"Also" in Japan?

ISHII

"Also" in Japan.

HOSHINO

When popularity was gained in foreign countries, the market, or the number of users is overwhelmingly large in foreign countries.
The ratio of international players becomes also high.
How was the user ratio or the link ratio for real?

ISHII

I am not sure about the ratio.
Only "HOSHI SAGA" has been accessed from all over the world.
It was huge.

HOSHINO

I see, I hope you release "HOSHI SAGA 3", please.
Can I ask you when you plan to release "HOSHI SAGA 3"?

ISHII

Well, I haven't decided yet.
Actually, I wanted to make it to meet last Christmas.
Christmas has an image for lots of stars, right?

HOSHINO

I see.

ISHII

I couldn't make it at all. (laughs)
I didn't feel like trying rather than making it on time. photo

HOSHINO

Oh, so that's why you felt like, "Cursor*10" should be developed. (laughs)

ISHII

Yes.

HOSHINO

Oh, then, maybe this year's Christmas?

ISHII

Ummm.

HOSHINO

Tanabata (means the day of Star Festival on July 7th)? (laughs)

ISHII

Maybe Tanabata.

HOSHINO

Around Tanabata.
I'm looking forward to.
Go for it please, to make it on Tanabata.(laughs)

ISHII

(laughs)

HOSHINO

Have you already prepared the ideas?
Do you need 36 ideas? Or 35?

ISHII

"HOSHI SAGA 3" will have 30 stages and then, all "HOSHI SAGA" from 1 to 3 will end with just 100 stages.
My original plan was making 100 small contents.
At first, I wanted to prepare 100 in one shot, but I figured out it was impossible. (laughs)
I thought it would not be in time, so I just draw in a line and released 35 as it may.

HOSHINO

You wrote about that in your dialy, didn't you?
I think I have read it.
So releasing "HOSHI SAGA 3" means to accomplish your goal for 100 stages.

ISHII

There will be STAGE 100.

HOSHINO

OK.
30 stages more. I am looking forward to Tanabata.

Let's break off this interview once.

(Interviewer: 0stage, HOSHINO Ken'ichi)

Links
- "HOSHI SAGA 2"
- "moai mawashi"
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