All good things must come to an end.
On July 4, 2012, Otagaki announced on his twitter account that Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style will finally end after 5 years of circulation in Young Gangan. Otagaki-san also noted that with pretty much the whole Front Mission team gone from Square Enix, this will also likely be the end of Front Mission…for good. As one of the writers who helped make Front Mission what it is, Otagaki-san also talked a bit about how he’s both happy and sad to be the one who will close out Front Mission. Given the recent news reported by gaming media on Square Enix’s struggles with their gaming division, he may be right on this being the definitive end of Front Mission. The writer revealed that Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style will be ending sometime this fall (likely in October), so the series will end with a tenth omnibus volume to be released either by the end of this year or in early 2013. While there technically will still be Front Mission releases in the form of the Korean and French Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style, there likely won’t be any more new content straight from Japan.
As a refresher for everyone, here is a list of products which were released since Toshiro Tsuchida and his developers achieved their original goal with Front Mission. As a reminder, their original goal was the completion of Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ (although Front Mission 2089-II was released afterwards, it is not counted here as it was in development alongside that entry):
- Front Mission First, Nintendo DS enhanced port (video game)
- Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness, Nintendo DS remake (video game)
- Front Mission Evolved (video game)
- Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style 01 to 10 (comics)
- Front Mission Evolved / Mission 01 to 05 OST (original soundtrack)
- Front Mission Evolved Play Arts Kai (action figures)
- Front Mission World Historica – Report of Conflicts 1970-2121 (reference book)
- Front Mission First Official Complete Guide (strategy guide)
- Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness Official Guide Book (strategy guide)
- Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness Official Complete Guide (strategy guide)
- Front Mission Evolved Official Complete Guide (strategy guide)
- Front Mission Evolved Signature Series Guide (strategy guide)
Some of these products did find their way outside of Japan, like the aforementioned Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style Korean and French editions and Front Mission First. Unfortunately, the rest of them remained in Japan only.
So, with that said, what are your thoughts on all of this?