In a recent meeting, Denfaminico Gamer Editor and the HSR team had the privilege of sitting down with Toshihiro Kondo, President of Falcom. David Jiang expressed his appreciation for Falcom, considering the studio visit during his TGS trip a long-awaited dream come true. David said at the start of the meeting “I’m coming to Japan with TGS, so I really wanted to make a pilgrimage to the holy places.”
The conversation revolved around Falcom’s response to a previous interview, insights into their gaming preferences like “Genshin Impact” and “Honkai: Star Rail,” and Kondo’s acknowledgment of the influence from “HoYoverse’s RPGs.”
The interaction moved beyond the formalities, embracing a blend of professionalism and casual exchange, even delving into some behind-the-scenes anecdotes. President Kondo surprised David with a unique Tio Plato keychain, a gesture of recognition for David’s decade dedication as a Tio fan.
The visit continued with a tour of the development floor, engaging with the “Trails” development team on the nuances of scenario drafting. Kondo shared interesting snippets about Falcom’s historical practices and rules. President Kondo shared a surprising insight, stating, “In the old days at Falcom, the first person to finish their ‘work’ would write the scenario/script.”
The meeting ended on a positive note, with smiles and a commemorative photo session, culminating in the revelation that Falcom is open to collaborations with other titles. When asked about the possibility of collaboration, President Toshihiro Kondo affirmed, “We are always ready to do so.”
Speculation arises about a potential Hoyoverse x Falcom collaboration, with David Jiang’s admiration for the Trails series evident in the profound impact on Honkai Star Rail. As enthusiasts await possible developments, the acknowledgment from a major developer like Hoyoverse could bring Falcom into a more prominent spotlight, shedding light on their often-overlooked contributions to the gaming genre.[Special Thanks to Hansuke for translating the article]