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Inafune: Western Devs Still "Love And Respect" Japanese Games

Former Capcom boss and current Comcept co-founder Keiji Inafune has always spoken his mind.

And when it comes to the ongoing Western vs. Japanese debate, he has often called out his Japanese brethren for failing to keep the pace. However, as for a professional gap between the two sides, Inafune believes there is none; as in, there is no real animosity going on.

In speaking to Gamasutra, he explained that in fact, Western designers still have great respect for Japanese titles.

"Western [developers] still really love and respect Japanese games. They want to work with Japanese creators. Every time I work with a Western developer, they're so willing to take in my ideas on game creation. Then on top of that, they do what they do best -- they know how to appeal to a Western audience. Every time I've worked with Western developers, I've had a really good collaboration."

He also talked about how the most important part of a new game concept is having a "vast, wide vision," and that you shouldn't pigeonhole yourself into one genre. He also says it's important not to get bogged down by stereotypes and just sort of let the ideas flow. If you've forgotten, his studio's new project is called Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z; you can see the teaser trailer here; it's pretty intriguing.

So it's not a "battle" in Inafune's eyes. ...well, beyond the business battle for sales position, of course.

Tags: keiji inafune, japanese games, western games, gaming industry

9/22/2012 11:20:45 AM Ben Dutka

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 11:33:04 AM

I like this man & will always remember his work on the Onimusha series. I really hope one of these days i hear this man announce a new Onimusha, & one that sticks to it's roots not some Westernized bs with tacked on multiplayer.

If not a new Onimusha then atleast an HD collection of the series.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 11:41:58 AM

That's wonderful Keiji. I will now pay homage and go dust off with deep admiration my collection of masterpieces you've been involved with over the last few years.

Dark Void
Lost Planet 2
Dead Rising 2
Asura's Wrath

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 11:59:01 AM


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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 12:05:43 PM


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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 12:05:26 PM

I didn't think there was any animosity, cept that idiot who said Japanese games get a pass. All the animosity is from us gamers who don't want westernization.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 7:09:22 PM

Japan may have fallen a bit behind in terms of of making increments to technology (and that's actually generally speaking with consumer electronics as well)...however...they've gone one thing: STYLE.

Unfortunately many Japanese developers actually think that changing their STYLE is the way to "revive" themselves again.

I really think they ought to just figure out the technology and learn quick. Kojima Productions has CERTAINLY done that with the FOX engine - I mean if you look at those graphics on Ground Zeroes.

But Inafune certainly hasn't heard the remark from Ubisoft has he?

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 7:34:04 PM

He's a legend in the industry, I would hope people would at least be respectful and listen to him even if they don't agree with all his ideas.

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