Video games weren’t Sohei Shinkawa’s first dream, he told Dengeki PlayStation this week. In the Japanese-language interview reported by Andriasang, Nippon Ichi CEO Shinkawa described his path to the world of Prinnies and Princes of Underworlds.
Originally, he’d planned on traveling the world studying archaeology, and was in his third year of college when he encountered a new sort of cultural artifact: Final Fantasy V.
Shinkawa told DPS that he loved the job change system and ability customization and it started him thinking about who might have thought up such a system, and how he would’ve made it. He called the experience life-changing, according to Andriasang, and the next day he started looking for a job in the industry.
FFV wasn’t his first experience with games, having played them since before the Famicom (NES), but Final Fantasy was the trigger that sent him to the bookstore for a book on obtaining a games industry job.
After applying to 50 different companies, Shinkawa found a position with Nippon Ichi and, of course, the rest is history.