500 Years Later offers a thrilling deep dive into the creation of the revered PlayStation RPG Final Fantasy VII. Comprising of over thirty interwoven voices, this beautifully produced book oers unprecedented insight into the craft and ambition behind the game. An extended adaptation of author Matt Leone’s celebrated 27,000-word history, published online by Polygon, this physical version has been enhanced for print, featuring original illustrations by the artist sparrows, eight new standalone interviews, a foreword by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and design by Rachel Dalton (ex-Spin/Unit Editions).
Interviewees include Shigeo Maruyama, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara, Tomoyuki Takechi, Tatsuya Yoshinari, Kyoko Higo, Yoshihiro Maruyama, Hiroshi Kawai, Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Keith Boesky, Yoshitaka Amano, Shinichiro Kajitani, Darren Smith, Junichi Yanagihara, Shuhei Yoshida, Jun Iwasaki, George Harrison, Hiroki Chiba, Frank Hom, Nobuo Uematsu, Alexander O. Smith, Kazushige Nojima, Seth Luisi, David Bamberger, Elaine Di Iorio, William Chen, Rex Ishibashi, John Riccitiello, Yoichi Wada, and Yusuke Naora.
Twenty-five years ago, Matt Leone couldn't think of anything better to pad out his birthday thank-you notes, so he filled them with Mortal Kombat II facts and has been writing about games ever since. Currently, he's an editor at Polygon, working with freelancers and reporting on behind-the-scenes aspects of the game industry. He is also the author of Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II.