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Keiji Inafune, former Capcom developer and industry luminary, has once again spoken candidly about his view that Japanese development studios are behind their Western counterparts.
"Some developers are saying [the] Japanese game industry is still doing fine, but that's wishful thinking," Inafune told IGN. "Words are not enough, we must act and prove it. Unless at least a few titles from Japan make it to the top 10 games of the year worldwide, we won't prove it."
Inafune says that Japanese developers are becoming more aware of the problem, but are slow to change and rectify the situation. "They know they have to
learn more from western games and create games that'll sell more in the western
market. However, they don't know what to do or how to do it. Even worse, their pride gets in
the way, preventing them from learning from overseas developers. As a result,
they end up staying in the domestic market rather than going global."
Inafune has long been vocal about his opinion that Japan's video game output has been stagnant, and he has also tried to rally his country to compete with Western developers.
For more on Inafune's thoughts on the Japanese gaming industry, head over to IGN.
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Inafune has the right mentality. I hope the Japanese game industry starts making these changes. Although I would play most, if not all, Japanese games if they were localized and translated.
I see what he's saying, but aren't a lot of Japanese developers doing a better job of westernizing? I mean, Square-Enix is a bigtime publisher at this point, Capcom is introducing new IPs even this late in the console game (Dragon's Dogma, which I thought was exceptional, and the promising Remember Me will be published by them), From Software is responsible for Dark Souls, Atlus is doing their thing...
I think the biggest "problem" with their development is that the East makes games that are more niche over here. They don't crank out shooters or open-world games or even many action/adventures, the stuff that sells most around here. I think that's an advantage, and I'm not sure what they could do to change this outside of wider releases for some games and giving fans what they want. (Cough Capcom, where the hell has Mega Man been? Cough.)
Or those that are taking offense to this saying that Japanese developers shouldn't have to Mimic western developers I do not think that I what he is saying. I mean western developers learned from them so it isn't crazy to think they could in turn Learn from western devs. It is complex but in general even if you are one of those people that are saying western games suck it doesn't mean that eastern games are good. Both sides, whether oriental or occidental , have plenty o room to grow.
He's right, although his recent release of japanese arcade-style ios and browser games doesn't really help his case either.
He has a point but ... I kinda perfer a lot of jp games that are more niche ... But some companies do need to shape up next gen