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Inafune: “It’s a dark time for Japanese Games Industry…” |

We already heard that before last year at Tokyo Game Show, and this prediction is becoming quite common from Japanese developers. According to Keiji Inafune, creator of many successful titles like the Mega Man series and the upcoming Dead Rising new sequel, “Every year that I come to E3, year in and year out, the one thing I’ve noticed is that it seems like the Japanese game developer share seems to be getting smaller and smaller“.

For Capcom’s Head of Global R&D, “I think to myself sometimes, if we keep on this course, the Japanese gaming market will disappear totally. That is one of the valid concerns that I have, which is why as a Japanese publisher, as Capcom, we really want to fight the good fight, and try and make our games work within this more primarily Western market“.

I personally think that the key to a successful gaming industry is collaboration. We already saw that in the past and it worked. It will be a pitty seeing great companies like Konami, Capcom or even Namco ruined because of that. Inafume himself is working closely with Blue Castle, a Canadian studio, to create Dead Rising 2.

Fact is that Japanese industries are insisting in RPGs and inovation is becoming scarse. But hey, how can we imagine gaming industry without Japanese creations like Mario, Sonic, or Pac-man? 😀


  • Smegmazor

    I don’t think they like to be called “oriental”.

    [Admin Edit] I changed it to say Japanese instead.

  • BS!

    When was the last time Capcom made major innovations to any of their games? In RE 5 you still can’t run and shoot. The game has the same mechanics as RE 4. DMC 4 was a [email protected]$$ game that offered nothing new. Dead Rising, is a game about..zombies. How many of those have we had?? LP is just Monster Hunter for the west but it still fails for some because of the game’s mechanics.

    The truth is Capcom has something to gain by putting down the Japanese gaming industry since they’ve been focusing on catering to the west. They don’t even want to create any rpgs because “certain ones don’t sell well outside of Japan” meaning that Capcom is willing to alienate an entire country of gamers just so they can continue with their western push.

    Demon’s Souls, which was developed by FROM SOFTWARE and Sony in JAPAN, was a very low budget rpg that appealed to everyone around the world. It didn’t sell like Final Fantasy but for a new IP it gained more awards and praises than anything Capcom or SE has done this gen.

    /end rant

  • Smegmazor

    Smegmazor: I don’t think they like to be called “oriental”.[Admin Edit] I changed it to say Japanese instead.  

    Nope. Still reads “oriental developers” on the front page. lol

  • Try clearing your cache, it’s showing Japanese for me.

  • Smegmazor

    Tosh: Try clearing your cache, it’s showing Japanese for me.  

    Ah, yes. Arigato. (I’m not Japanese)

  • Douitashimashite. Watashi wa nihongo wo sukoshi dake hanashimasu.


    Translated means:

    Douitashimashite = Don’t mention it or your welcome. (easy way to remember this saying “Don’t Touch my Mustache”)

    Watashi wa nihongo wo sukoshi dake hanashimasu = I speak a little Japanese.

  • LOL aren’t Japanese oriental?

  • Darrin

    It seems that the old, established Japanese studios like Capcom and Konami and Square are still holding their own; probably better than similarly aged Western studios.

    But there are so few younger up and coming Japanese studios while the West is creating so many. Why is that?

    It must be some sort of cultural reason like a fear of risk.

  • Oly1Kenobi: LOL aren’t Japanese oriental?  

    I thought so, but according to Wordnet (

    – a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans).

    So it should be better just to modify it…

  • Jay

    Demerson is a racist?! 😛

  • Jay: Demerson is a racist?! :P   

    Nah, I’m a Brazilian with a limited English vocabulary…

  • derrickgott007

    Finally what I’ve been preaching for YEARS is coming true… The Japanese have started to make their games “STALE”. There are only so many J-RPG’s that people can take. There is VERY VERY little innovation going on in terms of them. I mean come on, how many Final Fantasy’s are there going to be? Each one just about the same as the one before, except for graphical enhancements.

    The only thing that is going to fix this is for them to branch out, get away from the strict RPG format that they follow, get away from the “Invisible Hallway” 3rd person games. They need to really try something like Fallout:New Vegas mixed with Just Cause 2, with a dash of Red Dead Redemption thrown in, and served with a side of Heavy Rain to even stay relevent nowadays.