Capcom's Inafune: "Japan Is At Least Five Years Behind"
At last year's Tokyo Game Show, Capcom's head of Research & Development, Keiji Inafune, made the following bold statement: "Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished."
Now, due to the boldness of that comment, some believed there may have been something lost in the translation. Or maybe Inafune was just having a bad day. Well, that really isn't the case, as another statement made to the New York Times (as cited by Examiner.com) once again reinforces his dire view of the Japanese gaming industry:
"I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games. Japan is at least five years behind. Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how westerners live, and make games that appeal to them."
In the past, many Japanese masterminds have stepped up to address the ailing Japanese games industry, including Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. He recently said Japanese developers "lack motivation and passion," which also incited plenty of discussion and argument amongst gamers and journalists alike. For the record, Capcom just reported its lowest net income since 2004, so perhaps Inafune has good reason to say what he did, but his idea comes back to the "Westernizing" of Japanese games in order to compete. We see it with Square-Enix and we saw it with Capcom's unveiling of the new Devil May Cry. The latter was announced at TGS 2010.
Other games shown off at the Tokyo Game Show this year were Capcom's other brawler by CyberConnect2, Asura's Wrath, Grasshopper Manufacture's Shadows of the Damned, Sega's Yakuza: The End, and Team ICO's The Last Guardian. But regardless of the games on display, Inafune's new quote is going to ruffle some feathers.
9/20/2010 10:44:00 AM Ben Dutka