Square-Enix: Japanese Devs "Losing Their Passion"
Yeah, we're not going to comment at all. We'll let you guys hash this out amongst yourselves.
A lot of PSXE regulars have often wondered why JRPGs have apparently gone the way of the dodo, and when asked why the sub-genre has taken such a big hit, Square-Enix provided us with a "macro" response of sorts. Square-Enix Executive Producer Akitoshi Kawazu says it's not just about the role-playing category; it's about the growing gap between Japanese and Western games in general. He sort of echoes what Hideo Kojima has said concerning a lack of motivation and passion amongst Japanese designers. Said Kawazu:
"The technology is not on par with Western games, and it also seems like developers are losing their passion to stick with their vision because they are being overwhelmed by costs or market trends. It’s necessary for each individual developer to constantly be up-to-date with the latest computer and game technologies. It is also important for development teams and groups as a whole to support technological advancement. It is impossible for one person to keep up with all the skills necessary for game development on his own. On top of this, developers need to take on a project with the confidence and strength to stick with their vision. Everything I mentioned here applies to me personally, as well, and they are all things I would like to bring to fruition with my next project."
It's interesting to compare these words to the direction of Square-Enix as a company, but like we said earlier...you guys can handle that. For the most part, what he says here isn't necessarily wrong and in many ways, it's even admirable when one admits to a weakness. At the same time, we often wonder about those "visions" of Japanese developers like S-E...sometimes, we're just not sure we understand them.
8/29/2010 10:05:51 PM Ben Dutka